inlet

[noun in-let, -lit; verb in-let, in-let]

noun

an indentation of a shoreline, usually long and narrow; small bay or arm.
a narrow passage between islands.
a place of admission; entrance.
something put in or inserted.

verb (used with object), in·let, in·let·ting.

to put in; insert.

Origin of inlet

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at in, let1
Can be confusedbay cove gulf inlet
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inlet

noun (ˈɪnˌlɛt)

a narrow inland opening of the coastline
an entrance or opening
the act of letting someone or something in
something let in or inserted
  1. a passage, valve, or part through which a substance, esp a fluid, enters a device or machine
  2. (as modifier)an inlet valve

verb (ɪnˈlɛt) -lets, -letting or -let

(tr) to insert or inlay
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Word Origin and History for inlet
n.

1570s, "narrow opening into a coast, arm of the sea," a special use of Middle English inleten "to let in" (c.1300), from in + let (v.). In this sense said by old sources to be originally a Kentish term.

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inlet in Medicine

inlet

[ĭnlĕt′, -lĭt]

n.

A passage leading into a cavity.
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