Of, located on, or moving toward the outside or exterior; outer. Relating to the physical self: a concern with outward beauty rather than with inward reflections. Purely external; superficial: outward composure. Toward the outside; away from a central point. Archaic On the outside; externally. The material or external world: "There is nothing here,/Which, from the outward to the inward brought,/Molded thy baby thought\u201d ( Tennyson).