in·​ner | \ ˈi-nər How to pronounce inner (audio) \

Definition of inner

1a : situated farther in the inner bark
b : being near a center especially of influence the inner circles of political power
2a : of or relating to the mind or spirit the inner life
b : existing as an often repressed part of one's psychological makeup inner child inner artist

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Other Words from inner

inner noun
innerly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for inner


inside, interior, internal, inward


exterior, external, outer, outside, outward

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Examples of inner in a Sentence

She led the guests to an inner room. the inner face of the arch the inner lining of the jacket listening to her inner voice
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Two thinner sheets of glass are fused to a rubber inner layer. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Your Cracked Windshield," 27 June 2019 Some bird feathers have barbs that consist of three layers: an outer keratin sheath, a spongy middle layer, and an inner layer of melanosomes. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "First blue feathers found on a fossilized bird," 25 June 2019 This pose not only works the legs, glutes and inner thighs, but also works the upper back, core and arms. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "A no-sweat, full body workout for busy days," 25 June 2019 The 17-year-old told police Junck touched her legs near her inner thighs and the top portion of her leg. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An Oconomowoc man was accused of showing two teenage girls sexual videos while on a boat ride on Okauchee Lake," 7 June 2019 Like human teeth, the dragonfish’s teeth have a dense inner dentin layer surrounded by an outer enamellike layer. Helen Santoro, Science | AAAS, "The transparent teeth of this dragonfish evolved for one lethal purpose," 5 June 2019 The 60-year-old man, from Melbourne, Australia, went to the hospital for emergency surgery in 2018 to repair a tear in the inner layer of the wall of his aorta. Christina Oehler,, "Man's Chest Caught on Fire During Surgery—Here's How That Happens," 4 June 2019 So if the outer layer has determined that defending the flag is the best option at the moment, the inner layer will implement that strategy by checking the visual input for opponents while keeping close to the flag. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Quake III Arena is the latest game to see AI top humans," 30 May 2019 Lastly, the determined bacteria and acid work their way down to the pulp of your teeth, which is the inner layer that contains nerves and blood vessels. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is It Actually Possible to Get Rid of Cavities Without Fillings?," 17 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of inner

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for inner

Middle English, from Old English innera, comparative of inne within

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The first known use of inner was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of inner

: located toward the inside of something : not on or at the edge or outside of something
: not known to or seen by most people
: of or relating to a person's mind or spirit


in·​ner | \ ˈi-nər How to pronounce inner (audio) \

Kids Definition of inner

1 : located farther in an inner chamber
2 : of or relating to the mind or spirit inner strength

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