- 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.
- to put in; insert.
Origin of inlet
Related Words for inletbasin, fjord, estuary, sound, canal, entrance, creek, gulf, harbor, strait, cove, bay, bayou, ingress, bight, slough, passage, slew, channel, narrows
Examples from the Web for inlet
Contemporary Examples of inlet
In an inlet north of Pensacola Beach, his crew sighted more tar balls.Exclusive: BP Oil Spill Coverup
August 17, 2010
Historical Examples of inlet
Meantime the weather had cleared, and all the vessels but one had gone from the inlet.
There had been a storm, and a good many vessels had run into the inlet for shelter.
The same night that Maynard came into the inlet a wedding was held on the shore.
The boat is slowly entering the inlet, but has to struggle with a head-tide.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
She stood on the shore by the inlet, she saw the boat coming in from the open sea.A Spirit in Prison
- a narrow inland opening of the coastline
- an entrance or opening
- the act of letting someone or something in
- something let in or inserted
- a passage, valve, or part through which a substance, esp a fluid, enters a device or machine
- (as modifier)an inlet valve
- (tr) to insert or inlay
Word Origin and History for inlet
- A passage leading into a cavity.