Definition of inwards in English:


(also inward)


  • 1Towards the inside.

    ‘the door began to swing inwards’
    • ‘The entire structure began falling inwards, collapsing in on itself like a cloth being folded.’
    • ‘He glanced up from the tiled bathroom floor, and watched as the door to the bathroom swung 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It swung gently inwards and for a moment all was lost in a sea of white light.’
    • ‘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 hinges creaked as the door swung inwards, revealing a grassy field, a familiar sight to Katrina.’
    • ‘Ian found himself reluctantly letting his lids fall shut, and he heard the door swing inwards.’
    • ‘Once inside, roosting wrens squat up to two or three layers deep with heads facing inwards and tails towards the entrance or sides.’
    • ‘It squeaked as it swung inwards, and Jennifer stood against the wall, knife in hand, wishing she had a gun.’
    • ‘Doyle, still leaning against the door, had little precious time to catch himself as Cordelia swung it inwards.’
    • ‘This time though the door swung inwards smashing a few who were to slow to get out of the way against the wall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With a boom more felt than heard, the hatch locked and air began to hiss inwards.’
    • ‘The heavy oak doors swung inwards, and both Jenica and Brian stepped through into a round chamber.’
    • ‘Charged particles dive inwards towards the center of the tail and cause it to increase in length and to taper.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Our bewilderment derives from our failure to turn inward and really examine the workings of our own minds.’
      • ‘That inward spiritual satisfaction is found in the filling of the Holy Spirit.’
      • ‘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 mind is focused inwards, and this effort of concentration acts as stimulus to gain access to the knowledge of the object of meditation.’
      • ‘He looked inwards at his wracked body and mind, then his shining soul.’
      • ‘The mind that chooses to hate others turns inwards and poisons its own soul and body.’
      • ‘US must look inwards for failings and outwards to gain trust and support’
      • ‘The journey Abraham - and we - must take is inwards, and the vehicle is the imagination.’
      • ‘Our inward spiritual nature is experiencing resurrection today if we are living in Jesus.’
      • ‘The Buddha always pointed inwards to the mind, teaching that the effects of such practice could radiate outwards universally.’