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inlet

[noun in-let, -lit; verb in-let, in-let]
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noun
  1. an indentation of a shoreline, usually long and narrow; small bay or arm.
  2. a narrow passage between islands.
  3. a place of admission; entrance.
  4. something put in or inserted.
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verb (used with object), in·let, in·let·ting.
  1. to put in; insert.
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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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Related Words for inlet

basin, fjord, estuary, sound, canal, entrance, creek, gulf, harbor, strait, cove, bay, bayou, ingress, bight, slough, passage, slew, channel, narrows

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British Dictionary definitions for inlet

inlet

noun (ˈɪnˌlɛt)
  1. a narrow inland opening of the coastline
  2. an entrance or opening
  3. the act of letting someone or something in
  4. 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
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verb (ɪnˈlɛt) -lets, -letting or -let
  1. (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.
  1. A passage leading into a cavity.
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