What does Within mean?

Definitions for Within
wɪðˈɪn, wɪθ-with·in

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inside, withinadverb

    on the inside

    "inside, the car is a mess"


  1. withinadverb

    in or into the interior; inside

  2. withinpreposition

    Before the specified duration ends.

    Leave here within three days.

  3. Etymology: wiþinnan. More at.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Withinadverb

    This is yet the outward, fairest side
    Of our design. Within rests more of fear,
    More dread of sad event yet undescry’d. Daniel.

    Death thou hast seen
    In his first shape on man; but many shapes
    Of death, and many are the ways that lead
    To his grim cave; all dismal! yet to sense
    More terrible at th’ entrance, than within. John Milton.

    Language seems too low a thing to express your excellence, and our souls are speaking so much within, that they despise all foreign conversation. John Dryden, State of Innocence.

    These, as thy guards from outward harms, are sent;
    Ills from within thy reason must prevent. Dryden.

  2. Withinprep.

    Etymology: wiðinnan , Saxon.

    Who then shall blame
    His pester’d senses to recoil and start,
    When all that is within him does condemn
    Itself for being there. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    By this means, not only many helpless persons will be provided for, but a generation of men will be bred up, within ourselves, not perverted by any other hopes. Thomas Sprat.

    ’Till this be cur’d by religion, it is as impossible for a man to be happy, that is, pleased and contented within himself, as it is for a sick man to be at ease. John Tillotson.

    The river is afterwards wholly lost within the waters of the lake, that one discovers nothing like a stream, till within about a quarter of a mile from Geneva. Addison.

    Next day we saw, within a kenning before us, thick clouds, which put us in hope of land. Francis Bacon.

    A beet-root, and a radish root, which had all their leaves cut close to the roots, within six weeks had fair leaves. Francis Bacon.

    Most birds come to their growth within a fortnight. Francis Bacon.

    Within some while the king had taken up such liking of his person, that he resolved to make him a masterpiece. Henry Wotton.

    The invention of arts necessary or useful to human life, hath been within the knowledge of men. Burnet.

    As to infinite space, a man can no more have a positive idea of the greatest, than he has of the least space. For in this latter, which is more within our comprehension, we are capable only of a comparative idea of smallness, which will always be less than any one, whereof we have the positive idea. Lo.

    Were every action concluded within itself, and drew no consequences after it, we should undoubtedly never err in our choice of good. John Locke.

    This, with the green hills and naked rocks within the neighbourhood, makes the most agreeable confusion. Addison.

    Bounding desires within the line, which birth and fortune have marked out, is an indispensable duty. Francis Atterbury.

    Within these five hours Hastings liv’d
    Untainted, unexamin’d, free at liberty. William Shakespeare.

    Within these three hours, Tullus,
    Alone I fought in your Corioli walls,
    And made what work I pleas’d. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    When on the brink the foaming boar I met,
    The desp’rate savage rush’d within my force,
    And bore me headlong with him down the rock. Thomas Otway.

    Secure of outward force, within himself
    The danger lies, yet lies within his pow’r;
    Against his will he can receive no harm. John Milton.

    I have suffer’d in your woe;
    Nor shall be wanting ought within my pow’r
    For your relief. Dryden.

    Though Aurengzebe return a conqueror,
    Both he and she are still within my power. Dryden.

    When by such insinuations they have once got within him, and are able to drive him on from one lewdness to another, no wonder if they rejoice to see him guilty of all villainy. South.

    Be inform’d how much your husband’s revenue amounts to, and be so good a computer, as to keep within it. Jonathan Swift.

    No interwoven reeds a garland made,
    To hide his brows within the vulgar shade;
    But poplar wreaths around his temples spread. Addison.

    Sedentary and within-door arts, and delicate manufactures, that require rather the finger than the arm, have a contrariety to a military disposition. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.


  1. within

    The term "within" generally refers to being inside, inside of, or contained within a certain space, area, or boundary. It implies a sense of proximity or closeness to something or someone. It can also indicate a time frame, suggesting a certain period of time before or after a given point.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Within

    in the inner or interior part of; inside of; not without; as, within doors

  2. Within

    in the limits or compass of; not further in length than; as, within five miles; not longer in time than; as, within an hour; not exceeding in quantity; as, expenses kept within one's income

  3. Within

    hence, inside the limits, reach, or influence of; not going outside of; not beyond, overstepping, exceeding, or the like

  4. Withinadverb

    in the inner part; inwardly; internally

  5. Withinadverb

    in the house; in doors; as, the master is within

  6. Etymology: [OE. withinne, withinnen, AS. wiinnan; wi with, against, toward + innan in, inwardly, within, from in in. See With, prep., In, prep.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Within

    with-in′, prep. in the inner part: inside: in the reach of: not going outside of.—adv. in the inner part: inwardly: at home.—Within call, hail, not too far to hear a call, hail. [A.S. wiðinnanwið, against, with, innan, in.]

Editors Contribution

  1. within

    In a specific facet

    The truth within our soul is intuitive so we naturally trust ourselves and follow our intuitive knowing

    Submitted by MaryC on May 22, 2021  

  2. within

    To indicate a range or amount sufficient for a specific purpose.

    Within the system are a variety of interconnected structures and system which are easily defined, changed and updated when vital.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 21, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Within' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #174

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Within' in Written Corpus Frequency: #372

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Within' in Adverbs Frequency: #376

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Within in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Within in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Within in a Sentence

  1. David Mearns:

    With an interim report due to be delivered within a month of the accident, authorities have expressed hopes a remote underwater vehicle provides evidence. FRENCH SOCCER CLUB DEMAND PAYMENT OVER $ 19M EMILIANO SALA TRANSFER AS DIVERS SEARCH FOR HIS BODY The formal search was called off within three days of the plane disappearing from radar last month. It took a campaign by Salas family to raise funds for a private search by American-born, shipwreck-hunting specialist David Mearns, who located the aircraft within hours on Sunday in conjunction with air crash investigators. David Mearns told BBC Radio Wales that finding the pilots body would be difficult. Ive been involved in operations when people were lost and the bodies were found days and weeks after, not far from where they were lost.

  2. Kathleen Toner/CNN:

    I would like to see (families) have more integral resources within the community, within the park districts, within the businesses.

  3. Hermann Hesse:

    There is no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.

  4. Frank Herbert:

    Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase. ...The human question is not how many can possibly survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for those who do survive.

  5. Seneca:

    Men do not care how nobly they live, but only how long, although it is within the reach of every man to live nobly, but within no man's power to live long.

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    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
    • A. descant
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