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Meaning of outward by Wiktionary Dictionary



    out +‎ -ward


    outward ( comparative more outward, superlative most outward )

    1. outer; located towards the outside
    2. 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 .


    outward ( comparative more outward, superlative most outward )

    1. Towards the outside; away from the centre. [from 10th c.]
      We are outward bound .
    2. ( obsolete ) Outwardly, in outer appearances; publicly. [14th-17th c.]


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Explanation of outward by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. toward the outside

    2. move the needle further outward!
    1. relating to physical reality rather than with thoughts or the mind

    2. a concern with outward beauty rather than with inward reflections
    3. that is going out or leaving

    4. an outward journey
      outward-bound ships

    Definition of outward by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Outward Outwards adv. [AS. ūteweard. See Out, and -ward, -wards.] From the interior part; in a direction from the interior toward the exterior; out; to the outside; beyond; off; away; as, “a ship bound outward”.

      The wrong side may be turned outward. Shak.

      Light falling on them is not reflected outwards. Sir I. Newton.

      Outward bound, bound in an outward direction or to foreign parts; -- said especially of vessels, and opposed to homeward bound.

    2. Outward, a.
      1. Forming the superficial part; external; exterior; -- opposed to inward; as, “an outward garment or layer”.

      Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. Cor. iv. 16.

      2. Of or pertaining to the outer surface or to what is external; manifest; public. “Sins outward.” Chaucer.

      An outward honor for an inward toil. Shak.

      3. Foreign; not civil or intestine; as, “an outward war”. [Obs.] Hayward.

      4. Tending to the exterior or outside.

      The fire will force its outward way. Dryden.

      -- Outwardly, adv. -- Outwardness, n.

      Outward stroke. ( Steam Engine ) See under Stroke.

    3. Outward, n. External form; exterior. [R.]

      So fair an outward and such stuff within. Shak.