inner court

inner court

1. An open, unoccupied space surrounded on all sides by the exterior walls of a building or structure.
2. An open, unoccupied space surrounded by the exterior walls of a building and an interior lot line of the same premises.
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There were massive walls, and a great inner court, at the end of which seemed to be some sort of altar.
He knew that in the pleasure of killing they might fight on long after they had discovered their mistake, unless their attention was distracted by sight of the real cause of the altercation, and so he lost no time in continuing across the room to the doorway upon the opposite side, which opened into the inner court, where the savage thoats were squealing and fighting among themselves.
And is all well?' They passed to the inner court, where the afternoon sun sloped golden across.
Nine whole nights did they set a guard over me taking it in turns to watch, and they kept a fire always burning, both in the cloister of the outer court and in the inner court at the doors of the room wherein I lay; but when the darkness of the tenth night came, I broke through the closed doors of my room, and climbed the wall of the outer court after passing quickly and unperceived through the men on guard and the women servants.
From the dark shadows of the ballium they passed into the moonlit inner court. At the far end the old woman found the ancient stables, and here with decaying planks she penned the horse for the night, pouring a measure of oats upon the floor for him from a bag which had bung across his rump.
Before me a door opened, presumably, upon the inner court beyond.
When her place upon the floor had been taken by another the bright-eyed Abdul saw her in conversation with two Arabs at the far side of the room, near a side door that let upon an inner court, around the gallery of which were the rooms occupied by the girls who danced in this cafe.
Number Thirteen was sitting near a window which let upon the inner court, busy with the rudiments of written English.
They had difficulty in negotiating some of the doorways, but as the buildings fronting the city's principal exposures were all designed upon a magnificent scale, they were able to wriggle through without sticking fast; and thus we finally made the inner court where I found, as I had expected, the usual carpet of moss-like vegetation which would prove their food and drink until I could return them to their own enclosure.
It opened into a third apartment with windows overlooking an inner court. From one of these windows I surveyed the courtyard.
When you have got past the gates and through the outer court, go right across the inner court till you come to my mother.
"Straight to the top of the cliffs, Prince," she replied, "and then through the gardens to the inner courts. From there our way will lie within the temples of the therns and across them to the outer court.