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Princeton's WordNet

  1. outwardadjective

    relating to physical reality rather than with thoughts or the mind

    "a concern with outward beauty rather than with inward reflections"

  2. outbound, outward, outward-boundadverb

    that is going out or leaving

    "the departing train"; "an outward journey"; "outward-bound ships"

  3. outward, outwardsadverb

    toward the outside

    "move the needle further outward!"

Wiktionary

  1. outwardadverb

    Towards the outside; away from the centre.

    We are outward bound.

  2. outwardadverb

    Outwardly, in outer appearances; publicly.

  3. outwardadjective

    outer; located towards the outside

  4. outwardadjective

    visible, noticeable

    By all outward indications, he's a normal happy child, but if you talk to him, you will soon realize he has some psychological problems.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Outwardadjective

    Etymology: utweard , Saxon.

    If these shews be not outward, which of you
    But is four Volscians? William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Oh what may man within him hide,
    Though angel on the outward side! William Shakespeare.

    He took a low’ring leave; but who can tell
    What outward hate might inward love conceal? Dryden.

    Princes have their titles for their glories,
    An outward honour, for an inward toil. William Shakespeare.

    Part in peace, and having mourn’d your sin
    For outward Eden lost, find paradise within. Dryden.

    It was intended to raise an outward war to join with some sedition within doors. John Hayward.

    The fire will force its outward way,
    Or, in the prison pent, consume the prey. Dryden.

    When the soul being inwardly moved to lift itself up by prayer, the outward man is surprized in some other posture; God will rather look to the inward motions of the mind, than to the outward form of the body. Brian Duppa.

  2. Outwardadverb

  3. Outwardnoun

    External form.

    I do not think
    So fair an outward, and such stuff within,
    Endows a man but him. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Outward

    owt′ward, adj. toward the outside: external: exterior: not inherent, adventitious: (theol.) worldly, carnal—opp. to Inward or spiritual: (B.) public.—adv. toward the exterior: away from port: to a foreign port: superficially—also Out′wards.—n. Out′ward (Shak.), external form: the outside.—adj. Out′ward-bound, bound outwards or to a foreign port.—adv. Out′wardly, in an outward manner: externally: in appearance.—n. Out′wardness.—adj. Out′ward-saint′ed, appearing outwardly to be a saint.

  2. Outward

    owt-wawrd′, n. a ward in a detached building connected with a hospital.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. outward

    A vessel is said to be entered outwards or inwards according as she is entered at the custom-house to depart for, or as having arrived from, foreign parts.

Anagrams for outward »

  1. Draw out

  2. Outdraw

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of outward in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of outward in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of outward in a Sentence

  1. Albert Einstein:

    The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. The trite subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible.

  2. Henry Louis Mencken:

    A man's women folk, whatever their outward show of respect for his merit and authority, always regard him secretly as an ass, and with something akin to pity. His most gaudy sayings and doings seldom deceive them they see the actual man within, and know him for a shallow and pathetic fellow. In this fact, perhaps, lies one of the best proofs of feminine intelligence, or, as the common phrase makes it, feminine intuition.

  3. Francis Bacon:

    Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation, all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not but superstition dismounts all these, and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men...the master of superstition is the people and arguments are fitted to practice, in a reverse order.

  4. J. Donald Wlters:

    Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances.

  5. Erik Pevernagie:

    Since consumption is seen as a promising way to fulfillment and happiness, it has become an essential manner to impress the world around. Thus, financial status and outward appearance have become a required proof of self accomplishment and success. Sorry, insufficient funds, goodbye!

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