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outward

[out-werd] /ˈaʊt wərd/
adjective
1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
belonging or pertaining to external actions or appearances, as opposed to inner feelings, mental states, etc.:
an outward show of grief.
4.
that lies toward the outside; that is on the outer side; exterior:
an outward court.
5.
of or relating to the outside, outer surface, or exterior:
to make repairs on the outward walls of a house.
6.
pertaining to the outside of the body; external.
7.
pertaining to the body, as opposed to the mind or spirit.
8.
belonging or pertaining to what is external to oneself:
outward influences.
noun
9.
that which is external; the external or material world.
10.
outward appearance.
adverb, Also, outwards
11.
toward the outside; out.
12.
visibly expressing one's inner feelings, mental state, etc.
13.
away from port:
a ship bound outward.
14.
Obsolete. on the outside; externally.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English ūtweard. See out, -ward
Related forms
outwardness, noun
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  • By modern convention, enclosures are numbered from the centre outwards.
  • In top grip, the rod is gripped with the knuckles turned outwards.
British Dictionary definitions for outwards

outwards

/ˈaʊtwədz/
adverb
1.
towards the outside; out

outward

/ˈaʊtwəd/
adjective
1.
of or relating to what is apparent or superficial
2.
of or relating to the outside of the body
3.
belonging or relating to the external, as opposed to the mental, spiritual, or inherent
4.
of, relating to, or directed towards the outside or exterior
5.
(of a ship, part of a voyage, etc) leaving for a particular destination
6.
the outward man
  1. the body as opposed to the soul
  2. (facetious) clothing
adverb
7.
(of a ship) away from port
8.
a variant of outwards
noun
9.
the outward part; exterior
Derived Forms
outwardness, noun
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Word Origin and History for outwards

outward

adj.

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.

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