What does inward mean?

Definitions for inward
ˈɪn wərdin·ward

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inwardadjective

    relating to or existing in the mind or thoughts

    "a concern with inward reflections"

  2. inbound, inwardadverb

    directed or moving inward or toward a center

    "the inbound train"; "inward flood of capital"

  3. inward, inwardsadverb

    toward the center or interior

    "move the needle further inwards!"

  4. in, inwards, inwardadverb

    to or toward the inside of

    "come in"; "smash in the door"


  1. inwardadverb

    Towards the inside.

    So much the rather, thou Celestial Light, Shine inward. uE000160124uE001 Milton.

  2. inwardadjective

    Situated on the inside; that is within, inner; belonging to the inside.

  3. inwardadjective

    Intimate, closely acquainted; familiar.

  4. Etymology: From inneweard, corresponding to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Inwardadjective

    Though the lord of the liberty do pain himself all he may to yield equal justice unto all, yet can there not but great abuses lurk in so inward and absolute a privilege. Edmund Spenser.

    He could not rest, but did his stout heart eat,
    And waste his inward gall with deep despight. Fa. Qu.

    To each inward part
    It shoots invisible. John Milton.

    Sickness, contributing no less than old age to the shaking down this scaffolding of the body, may discover the inward structure more plainly. Alexander Pope.

    With outward smiles their flatt'ry I receiv'd;
    But bent and inward to myself again
    Perplex'd, these matters I revolv'd, in vain. Matthew Prior.

    All my inward friends abhorred me. Job xix. 19.

    Princes have but their titles for their glories,
    An outward honour for an inward toil;
    And for unfelt imaginations,
    They often feel a world of restless cares. William Shakespeare.

  2. Inward, Inwardsadverb

    Etymology: inweard, Saxon.

    The parts of living creatures that be more inwards nourish more than the outward flesh. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    The medicines which go to these magical ointments are so strong, that if they were used inwards they would kill; and therefore they work potently, though outwards. Francis Bacon.

    Cœlestial light shine inward. John Milton.

    He stretches out his arm in sign of peace, with his breast bending inward. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    Looking inward we are stricken dumb; looking upward we speak and prevail. Richard Hooker, b. v.

  3. INWARDnoun

    Then sacrificing, laid
    The inwards, and their fat, with incense strew'd
    On the cleft wood, and all due rites perform'd. John Milton.

    They esteem them most profitable, because of the great quantity of fat upon their inwards. John Mortimer, Husb.

    Sir, I was an inward of his; a sly fellow was the duke; and I know the cause of his withdrawing. William Shakespeare.


  1. inward

    Inward generally refers to the direction or movement towards the inside or center of something. It can also refer to introspection or focusing on one's inner feelings, thoughts, or emotions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inwardadjective

    being or placed within; inner; interior; -- opposed to outward

  2. Inwardadjective

    seated in the mind, heart, spirit, or soul

  3. Inwardadjective

    intimate; domestic; private

  4. Inwardnoun

    that which is inward or within; especially, in the plural, the inner parts or organs of the body; the viscera

  5. Inwardnoun

    the mental faculties; -- usually pl

  6. Inwardnoun

    an intimate or familiar friend or acquaintance

  7. Inwardadjective

    alt. of Inwards

  8. Etymology: [AS. inweard, inneweard, innanweard, fr. innan, inne, within (fr. in in; see In) + the suffix -weard, E. -ward.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inward

    in′ward, adj. placed or being within: internal: seated in the mind or soul, not perceptible to the senses, as the 'inward part' of a sacrament: (B.) intimate.—n.pl. (B.) the intestines.—adv. toward the inside: toward the interior: into the mind or thoughts.—adv. In′wardly, in the parts within: in the heart: privately: toward the centre.—n. In′wardness, internal state: inner meaning or significance: (Shak.) intimacy, familiarity.—adv. In′wards, same as Inward. [A.S. inneweard (adv.).]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. inward

    The opposite of outward (which see).

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inward in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inward in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of inward in a Sentence

  1. Seneca:

    Let tears flow of their own accord their flowing is not inconsistent with inward peace and harmony.

  2. Carly Fiorina:

    We need to have the strongest military on the face of the planet and everyone needs to know it, america needs to face outward into the world, and I don't think it is helpful to our interests or to the stability of the world when people focus on turning inward.

  3. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquillity which religion is powerless to bestow.

  4. Bill Lane:

    This is really an acid test on whether members of Congress believe in looking outward or looking inward.

  5. Henry Van Dyke:

    Happiness is inward and not outward and so it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.

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