What does the word inward mean?

Usage examples for inward

  1. Her son was hesitating at the church- yard gate, alone and heavy- hearted, when suddenly he saw a thing that brought his heart into his throat and made a certain old mortification start from its long sleep with a great inward cry. – John March, Southerner by George W. Cable
  2. I asked, with a sudden inward feeling of dismay. – A Rogue by Compulsion by Victor Bridges
  3. Then the little child in the bed would turn its head and smile, even if it were asleep, and its face would shine as if with some inward happiness. – The Counterpane Fairy by Katharine Pyle