- Situated on the inside; that is within, inner; belonging to the inside. [from 9th c.]
- Not superficially obvious, inner, not expressed, especially relating to mental or spiritual faculties as opposed to external ones.
- c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. […] The First Part […], part 1, 2nd edition, London: […] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, […], published 1592, OCLC 932920499; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire; London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act I, scene ii:
- Noble and milde this Perſean ſeemes to be,
If outward habit Iudge the inward man.
- Moving or tending toward the inside.
- (archaic, of a voice) Not directed toward the outside world, and thus quiet or indistinct.
- (obsolete) Internal to a particular place or country; not foreign, domestic.
- (obsolete) Secret, private, kept hidden.
- (obsolete) Coming from one’s inmost or sincerest feelings; heartfelt, earnest.
- (obsolete) Intimate, closely acquainted; familiar, close. [16th–17th c.]
- a. 1587, Philippe Sidnei [i.e., Philip Sidney], “(please specify the page number)”, in Fulke Greville, Matthew Gwinne, and John Florio, editors, The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia [The New Arcadia], London: […] [John Windet] for William Ponsonbie, published 1590, OCLC 801077108; republished in Albert Feuillerat, editor, The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia (Cambridge English Classics: The Complete Works of Sir Philip Sidney; I), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: University Press, 1912, OCLC 318419127:
- He had had occasion, by one very inward with him, to know in part the discourse of his life.
- (obsolete) Devoted to spiritual matters, pious, devout.
- (obsolete, of animals) Tame.
- (obsolete, of medicines) Internal; applied through the stomach by being swallowed.
inward (not comparable)
- Towards the inside. [from 11th c.]
- Towards one’s mind, thoughts, or internal self.
- 2005, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, David Kessler, On Grief and Grieving, →ISBN, page 16:
- You also may experience feelings of guilt, which is anger turned inward on yourself.
- (obsolete) On the inside, within, inside.
- (obsolete) In one’s mind, thoughts, or internal self.
inward (plural inwards)
- (obsolete, chiefly in the plural) That which is inward or within; the inner parts or organs of the body; the viscera.
- 1653, Jeremy Taylor, “Twenty-five Sermons Preached at Golden Grove; Being for the Winter Half-year, […]: Sermon XII. Of Lukewarmness and Zeal; or, Spiritual Fervour. Part I.”, in Reginald Heber, editor, The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D.D. […], volume V, London: Ogle, Duncan, and Co. […]; and Richard Priestley, […], published 1822, OCLC 956524510, page 176:
- [T]his man is a servant of the eyes of men, and offers parchment or a white skin in sacrifice, but the flesh and the inwards he leaves to be consumed by a stranger fire.
- (obsolete, chiefly in the plural) The mental faculties or other characteristics not immediately apparent.
- (obsolete) A familiar friend or acquaintance.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for inward in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)
- inwards, to the interior, especially referring to:
- While located within the inside of an entity, especially referring to:
- “in-wā̆rd, adv.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-04-12.
inward (superlative ynwardest)
- inside, inward, in the interior; the following special senses exist:
- emotionally powerful, emotionally true
- unknown, esoteric
- “in-wā̆rd, adj.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-04-12.
inward (plural inwardes)
- “in-wā̆rd, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-04-12.
- To the inside
- “in-wā̆rd, prep.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-04-12.