INS

or I.N.S.


Immigration and Naturalization Service.
International News Service, a news-gathering agency: merged in 1958 with United Press to form United Press International.

Nearby words

  1. ims,
  2. imu,
  3. imune,
  4. imuran,
  5. imv,
  6. in a bad light,
  7. in a bad mood,
  8. in a bad way,
  9. in a big way,
  10. in a bind

Origin of in

before 900; 1925–30 for def 28; Middle English, Old English; cognate with German, Dutch, Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Gothic in, Old Norse ī, Latin in, Greek en, Lithuanian į

ins.

inches.
Chiefly British. inscribed.
insulated.
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Examples from the Web for ins


British Dictionary definitions for ins

INS

abbreviation for

International News Service

In

the chemical symbol for

indium

IN

abbreviation for

Indiana

ins.

abbreviation for

inches

Word Origin for in

Old English; compare Old High German in, Welsh yn, Old Norse ī, Latin in, Greek en

in

2

the internet domain name for

India
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Word Origin and History for ins

in

Old English in (prep.) "in, into, upon, on, at, among; about, during;" inne (adv.) "within, inside," from Proto-Germanic *in (cf. Old Frisian, Dutch, German, Gothic in, Old Norse i), from PIE *en "in" (cf. Greek en, Latin in "in, into," Old Irish in, Welsh yn-, Old Church Slavonic on-). As an adjective from 1590s.

The forms merged in Middle English. Modern sense distinction between in and on is from later Middle English. Sense of "holding power" (the in party) first recorded c.1600; that of "exclusive" (the in-crowd, an in-joke) is from 1907 (in-group); that of "stylish, fashionable" (the in thing) is from 1960. The noun sense of "influence, access" (have an in with) first recorded 1929 in American English. In-and-out "copulation" is attested from 1610s.

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Medicine definitions for ins

In

The symbol for the elementindium

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Science definitions for ins

In

The symbol for indium.
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Idioms and Phrases with ins

in

In addition to the idioms beginning with in, also see under out of

  • in a bad light
  • in a bad mood
  • in a bad way
  • in a big way
  • in a bind
  • in a breeze
  • in absentia
  • in a cold sweat
  • in addition
  • in a dither
  • in advance
  • in a fix
  • in a flash
  • in a flutter
  • in a fog
  • in a good light
  • in a hole
  • in a huff
  • in a jam
  • in a lather
  • in all
  • in all one's born days
  • in all probability
  • in a manner of speaking
  • in and of itself
  • in a nutshell
  • in any case
  • in a pig's eye
  • in a pinch
  • in arms
  • in arrears
  • in a rut
  • in a sense
  • in a snit
  • in a state
  • in a stew
  • in a tight corner
  • in a tizzy
  • in at the death
  • in a walk
  • in a way
  • in awe of, be
  • in a while
  • in a word
  • in a world of one's own
  • in back of
  • in bad
  • in bad faith
  • in bad with, be
  • in behalf of
  • in between
  • in between times
  • in black and white
  • in brief
  • in bulk
  • in cahoots
  • in care of
  • in case
  • in cement
  • in character
  • in charge
  • in check
  • in chorus
  • in circles
  • in circulation
  • in clover
  • in cold blood
  • in cold storage
  • in commission
  • in common
  • in concert
  • in condition
  • in confidence
  • in conscience
  • in consequence
  • in consideration of
  • in creation
  • in deep
  • in default of
  • in defiance of
  • in demand
  • in depth
  • in detail
  • in dispute
  • in drag
  • in due course
  • in Dutch
  • in earnest
  • in effect
  • in effigy
  • in escrow
  • in essence
  • in evidence
  • in excess of
  • in exchange
  • in fact
  • in fashion
  • in favor of
  • in favor with
  • in fine feather
  • in for
  • in for a penny, in for a pound
  • in force
  • in front of
  • in full
  • in full swing
  • in general
  • in good condition
  • in good faith
  • in good hands
  • in good part
  • in good spirits
  • in good stead
  • in good time
  • in good with, be
  • in half
  • in hand
  • in harness
  • in heat
  • in high dudgeon
  • in honor of
  • in hopes of
  • in itself
  • in keeping with
  • in key
  • in kind
  • in large measure
  • in league with
  • in left field
  • in lieu of
  • in light of
  • in limbo
  • in line
  • in love
  • in luck
  • in memory of
  • in mind
  • in name only
  • in no case
  • in nothing flat
  • in no time
  • in no uncertain terms
  • in on, be
  • in one blow
  • in one breath
  • in one ear and out the other
  • in one fell swoop
  • in one piece
  • in one's
  • in one's behalf
  • in one's blood
  • in one's book
  • in one's cups
  • in one's element
  • in one's eyes
  • in one's favor
  • in one's glory
  • in one's hands
  • in one's heart of hearts
  • in one's interest
  • in one's mind's eye
  • in one's name
  • in one's own backyard
  • in one's own right
  • in one's own world
  • in one's pocket
  • in one's prime
  • in one's right mind
  • in one's shell
  • in one's tracks
  • in one stroke
  • in one's way
  • in orbit
  • in order
  • in other words
  • in over one's head
  • in part
  • in particular
  • in passing
  • in perpetuity
  • in person
  • in phase
  • in place
  • in place of
  • in plain English
  • in play
  • in pocket
  • in point
  • in practice
  • in principle
  • in print
  • in private
  • in progress
  • in proportion
  • in public
  • in question
  • in quest of
  • in reach
  • in reality
  • in reason
  • in reference to
  • in regard to
  • in relation to
  • in reserve
  • in residence
  • in respect to
  • in retrospect
  • in return
  • in round numbers
  • ins and outs
  • in search of
  • in season
  • in secret
  • in seventh heaven
  • in shape
  • in short
  • in short order
  • in short supply
  • inside of
  • inside out
  • inside track, the
  • in sight
  • in single file
  • in so many words
  • in some measure
  • in someone's
  • in someone's bad graces
  • in someone's face
  • in someone's good graces
  • in someone's hair
  • in someone's shoes
  • in someone's stead
  • in spades
  • in specie
  • in spite of
  • in state
  • in step
  • in stitches
  • in stock
  • in store
  • in stride
  • in style
  • in substance
  • in terms of
  • in that
  • in that case
  • in the act
  • in the aggregate
  • in the air
  • in the air
  • in the altogether
  • in the back
  • in the bag
  • in the balance
  • in the ballpark
  • in the bargain
  • in the black
  • in the blood
  • in the bud
  • in the buff
  • in the can
  • in the cards
  • in the care of
  • in the case of
  • in the chips
  • in the circumstances
  • in the clear
  • in the clouds
  • in the cold light of day
  • in the course of
  • in the dark
  • in the dock
  • in the doghouse
  • in the doldrums
  • in the driver's seat
  • in the dumps
  • in the dust, leave someone
  • in the end
  • in the event of
  • in the eye
  • in the eye of
  • in the face
  • in the face of
  • in the family way
  • in the final analysis
  • in the first place
  • in the flesh
  • in the flush of
  • in the fullness of time
  • in the groove
  • in the gutter
  • in the hands of
  • in the heat of
  • in the hole
  • in the hope
  • in the hot seat
  • in the interest of
  • in the interim
  • in the know
  • in the lap of luxury
  • in the least
  • in the limelight
  • in the long run
  • in the loop
  • in the lurch
  • in the main
  • in the making
  • in the market for
  • in the middle of
  • in the midst
  • in the money
  • in the mood
  • in the mouth
  • in the name of
  • in the near future
  • in the neck
  • in the neighborhood of
  • in the nick of time
  • in the offing
  • in the picture, be
  • in the pink
  • in the pipeline
  • in the public eye
  • in the raw
  • in the red
  • in there pitching
  • in the right, be
  • in the rough
  • in the round
  • in the running
  • in the saddle
  • in the same boat
  • in the same breath
  • in the same league
  • in the same mold
  • in the second place
  • in the short run
  • in the soup
  • in the street
  • in the swim
  • in the teeth of
  • in the throes
  • in the twinkling of an eye
  • in the unlikely event
  • in the wake of
  • in the way
  • in the wind
  • in the wings
  • in the works
  • in the world
  • in the worst way
  • in the wrong
  • in thing, the
  • in this day and age
  • in time
  • in time
  • in token of
  • in touch, be
  • in tow
  • in trouble with
  • in trust
  • in tune
  • in turn
  • in two shakes
  • in unison
  • in up to
  • in vain
  • in view
  • in view of
  • in wait
  • in waiting
  • in with, be
  • in your face

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