from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb On the outside or exterior; externally.
  • adverb Toward the outside.
  • adverb In regard to outward condition, conduct, or manifestation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • On the exterior or surface; outside; externally; hence, as regards appearance; visibly; perceptibly.
  • Away from the center; toward the outer part or outside: as, in entomology, a mark prolonged outwardly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb externally or on the outside, or on the surface
  • adverb toward the outside

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

  • adverb with respect to the outside
  • adverb in outward appearance


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outward +‎ -ly


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