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Origin of inbound

First recorded in 1890–95; in-1 + -bound2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for inbound

inbound, incoming, penetrating, through

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Historical Examples of inbound

  • He reassured her, remembering his inbound trip five years ago.

    The Colors of Space

    Marion Zimmer Bradley

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

    The Preacher of Cedar Mountain

    Ernest Thompson Seton

  • I am sending this via the Rotterdam, inbound, and our office will forward it to you.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior

    J. Raymond Elderdice

  • Obviously they spent their lives in meeting notorieties on inbound steamers, and made naught of it.

    Your United States

    Arnold Bennett

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for inbound


  1. 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