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[in-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈɪnˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
located nearer the longitudinal axis or center, as of an airplane:
the inboard section of a wing.
located inside a hull or aircraft:
a motorboat with an inboard engine.
(of a motorboat) having the motor inboard.
inside or toward the longitudinal axis or center of a hull, aircraft, machine, etc.
Compare outboard (def 4).
an inboard motor.
a boat equipped with an inboard motor.
Origin of inboard
First recorded in 1840-50; orig. phrase in board Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • With great exertions, however, the spars and sails were saved, and got inboard.

    Sunshine Bill W H G Kingston
  • Around and around they flew, all inboard guns trained on the enemy.

  • At last Lambert got his friend on the edge, and tumbled him inboard.

    The Red Man's Revenge R.M. Ballantyne
  • If you only get the right sort, it is good for everything, inboard and outboard.

    Skipper Worse Alexander Lange Kielland
  • It was a lot worse when the boys reached me in the boat an hauled me inboard.

    Carolyn of the Corners Ruth Belmore Endicott
  • Not a boat in davits; the whole fleet docked, inboard, on skids!

    Denis Dent Ernest W. Hornung
  • At any moment the Captain might give the order to bring it inboard.

    The Last Hope Henry Seton Merriman
  • "She is safe; draw us inboard," he shouted, buffeting the waves with one arm, the other encircling her with a firm grasp.

    Captain Kyd, Vol. II Joseph Holt Ingraham
  • On the inboard side of this passage six non-watertight doors opened on to as many iron ladders leading down to the boiler-rooms.

    An Unsinkable Titanic John Bernard Walker
  • The deck details shown are the results of reconstruction of the inboard works.

British Dictionary definitions for inboard


(esp of a boat's motor or engine) situated within the hull Compare outboard (sense 1)
situated between the wing tip of an aircraft and its fuselage: an inboard engine
towards the centre line of or within a vessel, aircraft, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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