[noun in-let, -lit; verb in-let, in-let]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for inlet
In an inlet north of Pensacola Beach, his crew sighted more tar balls.Exclusive: BP Oil Spill Coverup
August 17, 2010
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
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A passage leading into a cavity.
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