- proceeding or directed toward the outside or exterior, or away from a central point: the outward flow of gold; the outward part of a voyage.
- pertaining to or being what is seen or apparent, as distinguished from the underlying nature, facts, etc.; pertaining to surface qualities only; superficial: outward appearances.
- belonging or pertaining to external actions or appearances, as opposed to inner feelings, mental states, etc.: an outward show of grief.
- that lies toward the outside; that is on the outer side; exterior: an outward court.
- of or relating to the outside, outer surface, or exterior: to make repairs on the outward walls of a house.
- pertaining to the outside of the body; external.
- pertaining to the body, as opposed to the mind or spirit.
- belonging or pertaining to what is external to oneself: outward influences.
- that which is external; the external or material world.
- outward appearance.
- toward the outside; out.
- visibly expressing one's inner feelings, mental state, etc.
- away from port: a ship bound outward.
- Obsolete. on the outside; externally.
Origin of outward
Examples from the Web for outwards
The waving Step, is when the Foot, in moving, turns both inwards and outwards.Orchesography
They are arranged in order, and they bend upwards and now outwards.Hypolympia
These elongated outer feathers are turned upwards and outwards at the tip.Indian Birds
They took hold of my arms, and proceeded to direct me outwards.
The fee for registering a packet of value was, outwards 21s., and inwards 5s.The History of the Post Office
- towards the outside; out
- of or relating to what is apparent or superficial
- of or relating to the outside of the body
- belonging or relating to the external, as opposed to the mental, spiritual, or inherent
- of, relating to, or directed towards the outside or exterior
- (of a ship, part of a voyage, etc) leaving for a particular destination
- the outward man
- the body as opposed to the soul
- (of a ship) away from port
- a variant of outwards
- the outward part; exterior
Word Origin and History for outwards
Old English utweard "toward the outside, external" (of an enclosure, surface, etc.), earlier utanweard, from ute, utan "outside" (from ut; see out) + -weard (see -ward). Of persons, in reference to the external appearance (usually opposed to inner feelings), it is attested from c.1500. Also as an adverb in Old English (utaword). Outward-bound "directed on a course out from home port" is first recorded c.1600; with capital initials, it refers to a sea school founded in 1941. Related: Outwardly; outwardness.