inroad

[ in-rohd ]
/ ˈɪnˌroʊd /

noun

a damaging or serious encroachment: inroads on our savings.
a sudden hostile or predatory incursion; raid; foray.

Nearby words

  1. inquorate,
  2. inradius,
  3. inri,
  4. inrigger,
  5. inro,
  6. inroads,
  7. inrush,
  8. ins,
  9. ins and outs,
  10. ins.

Origin of inroad

First recorded in 1540–50; in-1 + road

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British Dictionary definitions for inroad

inroad

/ (ˈɪnˌrəʊd) /

noun

an invasion or hostile attack; raid or incursion
an encroachment or intrusion
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Word Origin and History for inroad

inroad

n.

1540s, "hostile incursion, raid, foray," from in- (2) "in;" second element is road in the obsolete sense of "riding;" related to raid. Related: Inroads.

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