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[in-bound] /ˈɪnˈbaʊnd/
inward bound:
inbound ships.
Origin of inbound
First recorded in 1890-95; in-1 + -bound2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The City Hall clock was upon the stroke of three when the inbound trolley-car landed him in front of the Clarendon.

    The Grafters Francis Lynde
  • One was located to catch the inbound from the west; the other, those from the east.

    The Preacher of Cedar Mountain Ernest Thompson Seton
  • This abandonment sometimes aroused the wrath of the passengers on the inbound convoy.

    The Victory At Sea William Sowden Sims
  • Obviously they spent their lives in meeting notorieties on inbound steamers, and made naught of it.

    Your United States Arnold Bennett
  • The sudden appearance of an inbound steamer out of a haze that had arisen to the east necessitated immediate full speed.

    The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson
  • At the thirty thousand-foot level they passed an inbound Oriental & Western liner, bringing the night mail from China.

    The Golden Amazons of Venus John Murray Reynolds
  • I am sending this via the Rotterdam, inbound, and our office will forward it to you.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior J. Raymond Elderdice
  • We were one of a group of American destroyers convoying a fleet of inbound British merchant steamers.

    The U-boat hunters James B. Connolly
  • Perhaps there will be two freight-houses, one for inbound, the other for outbound traffic.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
British Dictionary definitions for inbound


coming in; inward bound: an inbound ship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for inbound

1857, "homeward," from in + bound (adj.2). Originally of ships.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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