- toward the inside, interior, or center, as of a place, space, or body.
- into or toward the mind or soul: He turned his thoughts inward.
- on the inside or interior.
- in the mind or soul; mentally or spiritually.
- proceeding or directed toward the inside or interior.
- situated within or in or on the inside; inner; internal: an inward room.
- pertaining to the inside or inner part.
- located within the body: the inward parts.
- pertaining to the inside of the body: inward convulsions.
- inland: inward passage.
- mental or spiritual; inner: inward peace.
- muffled or indistinct, as the voice.
- private or secret.
- closely personal; intimate.
- Archaic. pertaining to the homeland; domestic.
- the inward or internal part; the inside.
- inwards, the inward parts of the body; entrails; innards.
Origin of inward
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Examples from the Web for inwards
“Anyone who looks only inwards is not going to be as successful as someone who looks outside, the world over,” Bratton said.Can Bratton Save Britain?
August 15, 2011
I caught a sight of the inwards of his garment, and took the flame.Charmides
She charmed him inwards and shut the door, breathing quickly.A Great Man
Death felt it to his inwards: 'twas too much: Death fell a weeping in his charnel-house.Endymion
She stood, her eyes turned downwards, yet inwards, and dilating with horror.White Lies
But over the inwards of the wedding must I not linger, for much is yet to write.In Convent Walls
Emily Sarah Holt
- towards the interior or middle of something
- in, into, or towards the mind or spirit
- a variant spelling of innards
- going or directed towards the middle of or into something
- situated within; inside
- of, relating to, or existing in the mind or spiritinward meditation
- of one's own country or a specific countryinward investment
- a variant of inwards (def. 1)
- the inward part; inside
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Word Origin and History for inwards
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