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

  • adj. Of, located on, or moving toward the outside or exterior; outer.
  • adj. Relating to the physical self: a concern with outward beauty rather than with inward reflections.
  • adj. Purely external; superficial: outward composure.
  • adv. Toward the outside; away from a central point.
  • adv. Archaic On the outside; externally.
  • n. The material or external world: "There is nothing here,/Which, from the outward to the inward brought,/Molded thy baby thought” ( Tennyson).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. outer; located towards the outside
  • adj. visible, noticeable

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. From the interior part; in a direction from the interior toward the exterior; out; to the outside; beyond; off; away.
  • adj. Forming the superficial part; external; exterior; -- opposed to inward.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the outer surface or to what is external; manifest; public.
  • adj. Foreign; not civil or intestine.
  • adj. Tending to the exterior or outside.
  • n. External form; exterior.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To or toward the exterior; away from some point in the interior of a space or body to one beyond its limits; forth; outside.
  • Away from port: as, a ship bound outward.
  • So as to be exterior or visible; out.
  • On the exterior; outwardly; externally; hence, visibly; apparently; seemingly; superficially.
  • Directed toward the exterior or outside.
  • Of or pertaining to the exterior or outside; external; outer; extrinsic; formal: opposed to inward: as, mere outward change.
  • Beyond the limits or boundaries; hence, foreign.
  • In theology, carnal; fleshly; not spiritual: as, the outward man.
  • See the quotation.
  • n. External form; external appearance; the exterior.
  • n. That which is without; the outer or objective world.
  • n. A ward in a separate wing or building attached to a hospital.
  • n. A ward of a town or city outside of the original limits of the borough.

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

  • adv. toward the outside
  • adj. that is going out or leaving
  • adj. relating to physical reality rather than with thoughts or the mind

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English ūtweard : ūt, out; see out + -weard, -ward.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
out +‎ -ward (Wiktionary)

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