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[ in-werd ]


  1. toward the inside, interior, or center, as of a place, space, or body.
  2. into or toward the mind or soul:

    He turned his thoughts inward.

  3. Obsolete.
    1. on the inside or interior.
    2. in the mind or soul; mentally or spiritually.


  1. proceeding or directed toward the inside or interior.
  2. situated within or in or on the inside; inner; internal:

    an inward room.

  3. pertaining to the inside or inner part.
  4. located within the body:

    the inward parts.

  5. pertaining to the inside of the body:

    inward convulsions.

  6. inland:

    inward passage.

  7. mental or spiritual; inner:

    inward peace.

  8. muffled or indistinct, as the voice.
  9. private or secret.
  10. closely personal; intimate.
  11. Archaic. pertaining to the homeland; domestic.


  1. the inward or internal part; the inside.
  2. inwards, the inward parts of the body; entrails; innards.


/ ˈɪnwəd /


  1. going or directed towards the middle of or into something
  2. situated within; inside
  3. of, relating to, or existing in the mind or spirit

    inward meditation

  4. of one's own country or a specific country

    inward investment


  1. a variant of inwards


  1. the inward part; inside

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Derived Forms

  • ˈinwardness, noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of inward1

before 900; Middle English; Old English inweard. See in, -ward

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Example Sentences

This light drag basically slows down dust particles, and if you slow an object down in its orbit, it’s got to move inward, so the dust slowly spirals in toward the sun.

Away from the center, the inward pull of gravity is weaker, and there’s less inward-falling matter to temper the shock wave.

This inward work has led to a lot of fundamental improvements for operators.

It was all about pronation, ensuring that your shoe enabled your foot to roll inward by just the right amount with each stride.

Jupiter and Saturn together migrate outward instead of inward.

Back in New York, the slow pace and inward focus of her yoga practice was less fulfilling.

The brash, engaged, occasionally self-centered ex-lawmaker seemed to retreat inward and practically disappear.

Meanwhile, the rest of hull is wide at the waterline and slopes inward.

America is a narcissistic and inward-looking society at the best of the times.

Nonetheless, that “inward sweetness” awakened the future preacher to a rather uncommon youthful aptitude for holiness.

He makes a spiritual form of it so perfectly visible to your inward eye, that it seems as if you could almost hear it breathe!

Wherefore my bowels shall sound like a harp for Moab, and my inward parts for the brick wall.

Moreover, I have never quite lost that sense of peace and inward joy which accompanied the search.

Matt, clinging like grim death to the stout hemp, was jerked into the air and hurled forward and inward.

These inward joys peopled her solitude with society, and dispelled even from the dungeon its gloom.


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