from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Located inside; inner.
  • adj. Directed or moving toward the interior: an inward flow.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or existing in the thoughts or mind: inward doubts.
  • adj. Intimate; familiar: is inward with the right people.
  • adv. Toward the inside, center, or interior.
  • adv. Toward the mind or the self: thoughts turned inward.
  • n. An inner or central part.
  • n. An inner essence or spirit.
  • n. Entrails; innards.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. That which is inward or within; the inner parts or organs of the body; the viscera.
  • n. The mental faculties.
  • n. A familiar friend or acquaintance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Being or placed within; inner; interior; -- opposed to outward.
  • adj. Seated in the mind, heart, spirit, or soul.
  • adj. Intimate; domestic; private.
  • adv. Toward the inside; toward the center or interior.
  • adv. Into, or toward, the mind or thoughts; inwardly.
  • n. That which is inward or within; especially, in the plural, the inner parts or organs of the body; the viscera.
  • n. The mental faculties; -- usually pl.
  • n. An intimate or familiar friend or acquaintance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Toward the inside; toward the interior or center.
  • Into the mind or soul.
  • Situated or being within; pertaining to the interior or internal parts: as, the inward parts of a person or of a country.
  • Pertaining to or connected with the intimate thoughts or feelings of the soul.
  • . Intimate; familiar; confidential; private.
  • Deep; low; muffled; half-audible: as, he spoke in an inward voice.
  • n. The inside; especially, in the plural, the inner parts of an animal; the bowels; the viscera.
  • n. plural Mental endowments; intellectual parts.
  • n. An intimate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. toward the center or interior
  • adj. directed or moving inward or toward a center
  • adv. to or toward the inside of
  • adj. relating to or existing in the mind or thoughts


Middle English, from Old English inweard.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English inneweard, corresponding to in +‎ -ward. (Wiktionary)


  • Mental Consciousness, because he recognizes an inward self, and is turning his attention _inward_.

    A Series of Lessons in Raja Yoga

  • Now, since the current always runs from the positive to the negative pole, and makes its whole circuit in that direction, it will be readily seen that, from the place on the patient where the positive pole is applied, inward as far as to the central point, the direction of the current may properly be said to be _inward_; and that, from the central point to the place of the negative electrode, where the current comes out, its direction may be said to be _outward_.

    A Newly Discovered System of Electrical Medication

  • I shall therefore use the term inward instigation of the

    Warranted Christian Belief

  • To assert and justify a thing which you call inward, real righteousness and holiness.

    Works of John Bunyan — Volume 02

  • Mohler apparently thinks that looking inward is looking in the wrong direction: "Believers are called to meditate upon the Word of God -- an external Word that comes to us by divine revelation -- not to meditate by means of incomprehensible syllables."

    Sena Jeter Naslund: Beginning Again With Adam & Eve

  • “They were designed to take in inward pressure from a blast event, which apparently they did: [Before the collapse] the blinds were still stacked neatly behind the window glass.”

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  • Freud noted that anger turned inward is depression, so it must do some good to let it out in some fashion.

    April 2006

  • Nearly hidden on a side street and found only after many cell phone exchanges with the others who were meeting us there, this restaurant blossoms inward from the doorway, seeming to wind through a grotto filled with art, antiques (any of which can be purchased by patrons) and tiny white lights.

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  • People overseas clearly believe that too, as our outstanding success in inward investment shows.

    Britain's Economic Performance

  • Cuts his broad swathes, works inward from the edge;

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