inward bound: inbound ships.

Origin of inbound

First recorded in 1890–95; in-1 + -bound2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • Then the ship went on, and, as she met no inbound craft, Quinbey was forced to go with her.

    The Grain Ship

    Morgan Robertson

  • 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

  • This abandonment sometimes aroused the wrath of the passengers on the inbound convoy.

    The Victory At Sea

    William Sowden Sims

  • It was the first convenient harborage for inbound ships to dispose of this dirty deep-sea cargo.

    Wappin' Wharf

    Charles S. Brooks

  • We were one of a group of American destroyers convoying a fleet of inbound British merchant steamers.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly

British Dictionary definitions for inbound



coming in; inward boundan inbound ship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for inbound

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper