Definition of inwards in English:


(also inward)


  • 1Towards the inside:

    ‘the door began to swing inwards’
    • ‘The hinges creaked as the door swung inwards, revealing a grassy field, a familiar sight to Katrina.’
    • ‘Doyle, still leaning against the door, had little precious time to catch himself as Cordelia swung it inwards.’
    • ‘There's a squeak to the hinges as well, something sudden and unexpected, only kicking in when the door's almost fully swung inwards.’
    • ‘The gate cried back in outrage and pain, as the wood and steel began to bulge inwards, barely holding back the forces that swelled from Terren.’
    • ‘This time though the door swung inwards smashing a few who were to slow to get out of the way against the wall.’
    • ‘It swung gently inwards and for a moment all was lost in a sea of white light.’
    • ‘Once inside, roosting wrens squat up to two or three layers deep with heads facing inwards and tails towards the entrance or sides.’
    • ‘The heavy oak doors swung inwards, and both Jenica and Brian stepped through into a round chamber.’
    • ‘Ian found himself reluctantly letting his lids fall shut, and he heard the door swing inwards.’
    • ‘A door swung inwards behind the terrace exit and another ghost stepped out.’
    • ‘Reaching the eighth plank, he pushed, and it swung inwards, revealing a small crevice that he quickly squeezed into.’
    • ‘With a boom more felt than heard, the hatch locked and air began to hiss inwards.’
    • ‘He glanced up from the tiled bathroom floor, and watched as the door to the bathroom swung inwards.’
    • ‘As the lights go up the rigging falls through the trap door and the backdrop appears to be sucked inwards towards the centre of the stage.’
    • ‘The lock clicked open and the door swung inwards, inviting her to come in.’
    • ‘A few halls, including the old Gewandhaus in Leipzig, retained the older seating plan with the rows facing inwards towards a central aisle.’
    • ‘Charged particles dive inwards towards the center of the tail and cause it to increase in length and to taper.’
    • ‘He scrambled to the floor and was about to dive under the bed when the door swung inwards and the light from the corridor blinded him for a moment.’
    • ‘The entire structure began falling inwards, collapsing in on itself like a cloth being folded.’
    • ‘It squeaked as it swung inwards, and Jennifer stood against the wall, knife in hand, wishing she had a gun.’
    inside, towards the inside, into the interior, inward, within
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    1. 1.1 Into or towards the mind, spirit, or soul:
      ‘people must look inwards to gain insight into their own stress’
      • ‘The mind that chooses to hate others turns inwards and poisons its own soul and body.’
      • ‘In fact, they are shown with marks on the center of their foreheads, the traditional Hindu indication of a third eye turned inward towards self-discovery.’
      • ‘The Buddha always pointed inwards to the mind, teaching that the effects of such practice could radiate outwards universally.’
      • ‘US must look inwards for failings and outwards to gain trust and support’
      • ‘The mind is focused inwards, and this effort of concentration acts as stimulus to gain access to the knowledge of the object of meditation.’
      • ‘Our inward spiritual nature is experiencing resurrection today if we are living in Jesus.’
      • ‘He looked inwards at his wracked body and mind, then his shining soul.’
      • ‘Our bewilderment derives from our failure to turn inward and really examine the workings of our own minds.’
      • ‘Surely the New Age philosophy is about letting go of material trappings, emptying your mind of the chaos of 21st century life and looking inward for answers.’
      • ‘That inward spiritual satisfaction is found in the filling of the Holy Spirit.’
      • ‘The journey Abraham - and we - must take is inwards, and the vehicle is the imagination.’