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inward

[in-werd] /ˈɪn wərd/
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.
  1. on the inside or interior.
  2. 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 of inward
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English inweard. See in, -ward
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  • Then, once more he raised his eyes, and this time those orbs were looking outwards, not inwards.

    Boris the Bear-Hunter Fred Whishaw
  • I caught a sight of the inwards of his garment, and took the flame.

    Charmides Plato
  • The fee for registering a packet of value was, outwards 21s., and inwards 5s.

  • She charmed him inwards and shut the door, breathing quickly.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • Attend carefully: 'And let all the priests alone eat the inwards, unwashed with vinegar.'

    Frauds and Follies of the Fathers Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
  • She stood, her eyes turned downwards, yet inwards, and dilating with horror.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • A good lining of wine and food to the inwards is the tonic to more talk and exertion.

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville
  • But over the inwards of the wedding must I not linger, for much is yet to write.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • At 21 Outwards and 27 inwards Camp we rested the horses, some of which were very sore-footed and tired.

British Dictionary definitions for inwards

inwards

adverb (ˈɪnwədz)
1.
towards the interior or middle of something
2.
in, into, or towards the mind or spirit
plural noun (ˈɪnədz)
3.
a variant spelling of innards

inward

/ˈɪnwəd/
adjective
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
adverb
5.
a variant of inwards (sense 1)
noun
6.
the inward part; inside
Derived Forms
inwardness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inwards

inward

Old English inweard, inneweard (adj., adv.) "inmost; sincere; internal, intrinsic; deep," from Proto-Germanic *inwarth "inward" (cf. Old Norse innanverðr, Old High German inwart, Middle Dutch inwaert), from root of Old English inne "in" (see in) + -weard (see -ward).

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