plural noun
in·​nards | \ ˈi-nərdz How to pronounce innards (audio) \

Definition of innards

1 : the internal organs of a human being or animal especially : viscera
2 : the internal parts especially of a structure or mechanism

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Examples of innards in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This unique trait has led scientists to believe that some extreme physics might take place in their innards — perhaps even the dissolution of neutrons themselves into a softer goo known as quark matter. Quanta Magazine, 26 May 2021 There are glimpses of the original torch, a virtual tour of the innards of the statue, bits of Americana. Gerald Eskenazi, Forbes, 30 May 2021 But virus innards can be good fodder for another group of immune defenders—T cells—which recognize and kill infected cells that chew up pathogens and display chunks of them on their surface. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 21 May 2021 Any day now, millions of cicadas will commence their every-17-year trek from the earth’s innards to Washington’s lawns, trees and the slurping tongues of hungry dogs., 15 May 2021 The console’s innards are finicky and delicate, and one misstep can destroy them. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 27 Apr. 2021 Chaterjee removed the plastic face to show a metal plate beneath, which concealed the controller’s actual innards. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 27 Apr. 2021 If a meeting requires privacy, a robot that looks like the innards of a computer on wheels and is equipped with sensors to detect its surroundings comes over to inflate a translucent, cellophane balloon wall to keep prying eyes away. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2021 Skyline Arch doubled in size after dislodging a hefty boulder in 1940, Landscape Arch belched up some of its innards in front of surprised onlookers in 1991, and Wall Arch disintegrated under the cloak of darkness in 2008. Shawnté Salabert, Outside Online, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of innards

circa 1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for innards

alteration of inwards

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The first known use of innards was circa 1825

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17 Jun 2021

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“Innards.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of innards

: the internal organs of a person or an animal
: the inside parts of something


noun plural
in·​nards | \ ˈin-ərdz How to pronounce innards (audio) \

Medical Definition of innards

: the internal organs of a human being or animal especially : viscera

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