in·​bound | \ˈin-ˌbau̇nd \

Definition of inbound 

: inward bound inbound traffic

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The problematic route, which is visualized in the graphic above, was the result of China Telecom inserting itself into the inbound path of Verizon Asian Pacific. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Strange snafu misroutes domestic US Internet traffic through China Telecom," 6 Nov. 2018 That cuts the cost to Amazon of unpacking inbound shipments, and reduces the amount of packaging the company needs to dedicate to keep items from breaking during the journey to customers’ doorsteps. Matt Day, The Seattle Times, "Amazon investing $10 million to boost U.S. recycling rate," 16 Oct. 2018 All inbound flights to Charlotte Douglas International Airport were being held until about 10 a.m. Sunday, according to multiple media outlets. Mark Price And Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "All inbound flights to Charlotte Douglas airport held Sunday morning, sources say," 17 June 2018 When the inbound lanes of 495 become clogged, a stream of cars backs up toward the Turnpike and onto Route 3, a highway that wends west through Secaucus, past the Meadowlands sports complex and into the suburban beyond. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "For New Jersey Commuters, a Sequel to the ‘Summer of Hell’," 5 June 2018 People who are considered to be close contacts and most at risk, including passengers on the inbound flight to O'Hare and others in the airport, are being contacted directly by local health departments. CBS News, "Second measles scare in a week at Chicago's O'Hare Airport," 18 Jan. 2018 In a statement, the T said the first problem surfaced on the Green Line around 6 a.m. when a traffic signal at the Kenmore Square station in Boston malfunctioned, impacting both inbound and outbound directions. John R. Ellement,, "Signal problems plagued Orange and Green Line during morning commute," 19 Apr. 2018 At Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, numerous inbound and outbound flights were delayed or canceled Sunday morning. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Spring storm brings ice and snow to Milwaukee and eastern Wisconsin," 15 Apr. 2018 In fact, all of the company's studies since 1979 showed that more people every year are either moving out of Indiana or that the outbound and inbound numbers are balanced. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "More people moving out of Indiana and to this region, study says," 2 Jan. 2018

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1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inbound was in 1894

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English Language Learners Definition of inbound

: traveling into a place : inward bound

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