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Definitions for inner
ˈɪn ərin·ner

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inner, interior, internaladjective

    located inward

    "Beethoven's manuscript looks like a bloody record of a tremendous inner battle"- Leonard Bernstein; "she thinks she has no soul, no interior life, but the truth is that she has no access to it"- David Denby; "an internal sense of rightousness"- A.R.Gurney,Jr.

  2. inner(a)adjective

    located or occurring within or closer to a center

    "an inner room"

  3. inner, internal, intimateadjective

    innermost or essential

    "the inner logic of Cubism"; "the internal contradictions of the theory"; "the intimate structure of matter"

  4. inside, inner, privilegedadjective

    confined to an exclusive group

    "privy to inner knowledge"; "inside information"; "privileged information"

  5. inneradjective

    exclusive to a center; especially a center of influence

    "inner regions of the organization"; "inner circles of government"

  6. inneradjective

    inside or closer to the inside of the body

    "the inner ear"


  1. innernoun

    An inner part.

  2. innernoun

    A forward who plays in or near the center of the field.

  3. innernoun

    A thin glove worn inside batting gloves or wicket-keeping gloves.

  4. inneradjective

    Being or occurring (farther) inside, situated farther in, located (situated) or happening on the inside of something, situated within or farther within contained within something (inner door, inner room, inner sanctum, inner surface).

  5. inneradjective

    Close to the centre, located near or closer to center (the inner suburbs).

  6. inneradjective

    Inside or closer to the inside of the body (inner ear).

  7. inneradjective

    Of mind or spirit, relating to the mind or spirit, to spiritual or mental processes, mental, spiritual, relating to somebody's private feelings or happening in somebody's mind, existing as an often repressed part of one's psychological makeup (inner confidence, inner strength, inner life, inner child, inner artist, inner peace, inner light).

  8. inneradjective

    Not obvious, private, not expressed, not apparent, hidden, less apparent, deeper, obscure, ; innermost or essential, needing to be examined closely or thought about in order to be seen or understood (inner meaning, inner resources, inner logic ).

  9. inneradjective

    Privileged, more or most privileged, more or most influential, intimate, exclusive, more important, more intimate, private, secret, confined to an exclusive group, exclusive to a center; especially a center of influence being near a center especially of influence (inner circle, inner council ).

  10. Etymology: from innera, comparative of inne, from in.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Inneradjective

    Interiour; not outward.

    Etymology: from in.

    But th' elfin knight with wonder all the way
    Did feed his eyes, and fill'd his inner thought. Fairy Queen.

    This attracts the soul,
    Governs the inner man, the nobler part;
    That other o'er the body only reigns. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Many families are established in the West Indies, and some discovered in the inner parts of America. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    The kidney is a conglomerated gland, which is to be understood only of the outer part; for the inner part, whereof the papillæ are composed, is muscular. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol.

    Thus, seiz'd with sacred fear, the monarch pray'd;
    Then to his inner court the guests convey'd. Alexander Pope.


  1. inner

    Inner refers to something that is located inside or towards the center of something else. It is used to denote a position or part that is further from the external surface or edge. Inner can also refer to the mind, soul, or spirit when discussing emotional or psychological qualities or states.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inneradjective

    further in; interior; internal; not outward; as, an spirit or its phenomena

  2. Inneradjective

    not obvious or easily discovered; obscure

  3. Etymology: [AS. innera, a compar. fr. inne within, fr. in in. See In.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inner

    in′ėr, adj. (comp. of in) farther in: interior.—adjs. Inn′ermost, In′most (superl. of in), farthest in: most remote from the outward part.—adv. Inn′ermostly. [A.S. in, comp. innera, superl. innemestinne-m-est—thus a double superlative.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. inner

    One of the circular rings on the Creedmoor target; a shot striking in this space counts three.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'inner' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2309

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'inner' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2824

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'inner' in Adjectives Frequency: #302

Anagrams for inner »

  1. niner

  2. renin

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inner in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inner in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of inner in a Sentence

  1. Tim Pychyl:

    Your (inner) 6-year-old grabs hold and says, 'I don't want to,'.

  2. Frank Parlato:

    Kreuk was also in the inner circle, but branding was a later addition to Raniere’s abuse of women.

  3. Renae A. Sauter:

    To be a world changer; resolve your own inner conflict

  4. Meryem Dolgun:

    They draw tanks, war planes, dead people, wounded children, crying mothers. Drawings are the evidence of their trauma, the reflection of their inner worlds.

  5. Marcel Duchamp:

    The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.

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    excessively agitated; distraught with fear or other violent emotion
    • A. transparent
    • B. frantic
    • C. tight
    • D. profound

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