- 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 inward
Back in New York, the slow pace and inward focus of her yoga practice was less fulfilling.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
Nonetheless, that “inward sweetness” awakened the future preacher to a rather uncommon youthful aptitude for holiness.The Hellish Sermons of Jonathan Edwards, Malign Evangelist
Matthew Paul Turner
August 24, 2014
His family had to flee, and he goes on a geographic as well as an inward journey as the young Qais matures fast.A Carpet Weaver’s Essential Afghan Memoir: Qais Akbar Omar’s ‘A Fort of Nine Towers’
John Kael Weston
June 6, 2013
In part, this inward gaze stems from the particularities of attack.Boston Is Not 9/11 Redux for America’s Muslims
April 22, 2013
This inward shift should come as no surprise: Israelis are more than fatigued with campaigns focused on war and peace.Israeli Voters’ Return to Normalcy
January 24, 2013
I do not presume to decide whether all that is believed has the inward significancy.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Already the inward monitor was whispering to her, "Arise, flee for your life!"Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
To make turbid the inward parts of Timat; they followed in his train.The Babylonian Legends of the Creation
She appealed to the Inward Monitor, but it refused to be propitiated.
"I am not breaking my word," he replied to the Inward Monitor.
- 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 inward
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