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Definition of innermost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: farthest inward : inmost



Definition of innermost (Entry 2 of 2)

: the inmost part

Examples of innermost in a Sentence

Adjective She revealed her innermost feelings. the innermost part of the cave
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Don't overreact if someone isn't open and refuses to share their time or innermost feelings. oregonlive, "Horoscope for May 19, 2020: Aries, keep calm and carry on; Libra, don’t overreact," 19 May 2020 But those who believe personal autonomy is the innermost human need betray an ignorance of psychology, not least their own. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Mutant Liberalism," 14 May 2020 In addition to the compelling stories told on every page, this book also includes a guide that will help readers find their innermost strengths and learn how to use them to lead a fuller life. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, "20 New Books to Gift This Mother’s Day," 1 May 2020 An international team of astronomers has captured images of the innermost rings of disks swirling around 15 stars, many hundreds of light-years away. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "A Rare Glimpse Into a Solar System’s Beginnings," 1 May 2020 The classroom is the innermost sanctum of that cloister, where worldly demands can be blocked out long enough for a group of people—some of whom had no prior interest—to share a poem by Horace, or an argument by Aristotle. Agnes Callard, The New Yorker, "What Do the Humanities Do In a Crisis?," 11 Apr. 2020 Maybe your own innermost thoughts, or just the sound of the wind rustling through the trees outside. Aj Willingham, CNN, "All The Good Stuff that happened this week," 18 Apr. 2020 The innermost circle links the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve with the major private banks, and those banks to each other. Jeff Spross, TheWeek, "We need to send people money. We need to fix how they get it, too.," 28 Mar. 2020 Mercury is the solar system's smallest, innermost planet. Marcia Dunn,, "Mercury passes directly between Earth and the sun in a rare celestial transit not to be seen again until 2032," 11 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Untamed places and animals recognize the innermost you., "Horoscope," 4 July 2020 And every winter solstice, the Sun shines through the stone passage at Newgrange and lights up the innermost burial chamber. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Incestuous kings may have built Ireland’s Newgrange Passage tomb," 19 June 2020 Under a microscope, the halos resembled a protein-heavy eggshell membrane that has been found as the innermost layer of crocodile and bird eggs. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Fossil egg discoveries, including one in Antarctica, show dinosaurs and marine reptiles laid soft-shell eggs," 17 June 2020 Does anyone else’s cat target their innermost uncertainties in this way? Maeve Dunigan, The New Yorker, "My Cat Just Said “Feed Me, Woman” Out Loud—Is This Normal?," 16 June 2020 After an unusual event, Zoey, who always preferred podcasts over pop songs, suddenly starts to hear the innermost thoughts and desires of the people around her — family, co-workers, and complete strangers — through popular songs. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist renewed for season 2," 12 June 2020 The innermost of Uranus’ five major moons, Miranda has an intriguing set of surface features. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Every Moon in Our Solar System, Ranked," 7 Apr. 2020 The conforming head was definitely helpful here, especially in the innermost areas. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Why Billie Is the Best Razor Subscription for Women," 6 Mar. 2020 The innermost layer at the hair’s center is called the medulla. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Test the Strength of Hair," 28 Nov. 2019

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14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of innermost was in the 14th century

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“Innermost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of innermost

: most private and personal
: closest to the center or inside of something


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Kids Definition of innermost

: farthest inward the innermost rooms

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