inward

[in-werd]
adverb Also, inwards.
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.
a.
on the inside or interior.
b.
in the mind or soul; mentally or spiritually.
adjective
4.
proceeding or directed toward the inside or interior.
5.
situated within or in or on the inside; inner; internal: an inward room.
6.
pertaining to the inside or inner part.
7.
located within the body: the inward parts.
8.
pertaining to the inside of the body: inward convulsions.
9.
inland: inward passage.
10.
mental or spiritual; inner: inward peace.
11.
muffled or indistinct, as the voice.
12.
private or secret.
13.
closely personal; intimate.
14.
Archaic. pertaining to the homeland; domestic.
noun
15.
the inward or internal part; the inside.
16.
inwards, the inward parts of the body; entrails; innards.

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

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inward (ˈɪnwəd)
 
adj
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
 
adv
5.  a variant of inwards
 
n
6.  the inward part; inside
 
'inwardness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

inward
O.E. inneweard, from P.Gmc. *inwarth "inward" (cf. O.N. innanverðr, O.H.G. inwart, M.Du. inwaert), from root of O.E. inne "in" + -weard (see -ward).
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Example sentences
Prey touch tiny trigger hairs that release the door, which opens inward,
  sucking in the prey to their doom.
We faced inward, moving slowly from one handhold and foothold to the next.
It becomes an open diary or confessional booth, where inward thoughts are
  publicly aired.
Rather than turn her rage inward, she decided to take it out on the people who
  she thought had destroyed her life.
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