outward: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (out'wurd), [key]
— adj.
  1. proceeding or directed toward the outside or exterior, or away from a central point: the outward flow of gold; the outward part of a voyage.
  2. pertaining to or being what is seen or apparent, as distinguished from the underlying nature, facts, etc.; pertaining to surface qualities only; superficial: outward appearances.
  3. belonging or pertaining to external actions or appearances, as opposed to inner feelings, mental states, etc.: an outward show of grief.
  4. that lies toward the outside; that is on the outer side; exterior: an outward court.
  5. of or pertaining to the outside, outer surface, or exterior: to make repairs on the outward walls of a house.
  6. pertaining to the outside of the body; external.
  7. pertaining to the body, as opposed to the mind or spirit.
  8. belonging or pertaining to what is external to oneself: outward influences.
  1. that which is external; the external or material world.
  2. outward appearance.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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