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in·​land ˈin-ˌland How to pronounce inland (audio)
: of or relating to the interior of a country
chiefly British : not foreign : domestic


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: the interior part of a country


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: into or toward the interior

Examples of inland in a Sentence

Adverb They traveled inland from the sea. They live inland about three miles.
Recent Examples on the Web
With rising sea temperatures, hurricanes also are increasing in strength and are more likely to reach inland areas and dump inches of rain in a matter of hours. Minho Kim, Scientific American, 17 Nov. 2023 Zodiac to Montgomery Reef, Australia’s largest inland reef, formed nearly 2 billion years ago. Janice Wald Henderson, Travel + Leisure, 17 Nov. 2023 The weather service now believes that the storm will drop only 0.15 inches of rain west of I-15 and about 0.25 inches across inland valleys and foothills. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Nov. 2023 Residents heading south have been using the inland Salah-al-Din Road and coastal Rashid Road. Ari Flanzraich, WSJ, 10 Nov. 2023 Greenland’s northern coast is buttressed by floating ice shelves that prevent inland glaciers, which are part of the ice sheet, from flowing freely into the Arctic Ocean. Delger Erdenesanaa, New York Times, 8 Nov. 2023 Imagine how far inland floodwaters can travel if the terrain is flat compared to mountainous. WIRED, 7 Nov. 2023 Forecasters said local winds could gust 25 mph to 35 mph across the mountains and inland valleys on Wednesday, with isolated gusts to 40 mph, including along eastern Interstate 8, where dust clouds also are possible. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Nov. 2023 The current study is focused on complying with legislation passed by Congress to convert U.S. 412 to an interstate highway, addressing safety, improving mobility, and enhancing system linkage by connecting rural and urban communities, national airports and inland ports and freight supply chains. Ron Wood, Arkansas Online, 20 Oct. 2023
Some areas in California's inland desert could see their annual rainfall in just 48 hours. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 17 Aug. 2023 These bears are found along the coast of Alaska and Canada and are omnivorous like their inland cousins. Hampton Bourne, Field & Stream, 19 Oct. 2023 And the cloud deck could extend all the way to inland valleys. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Oct. 2023 Kula is a residential area in the inland, mountainous upcountry region of Maui. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 10 Aug. 2023 An identical property one street inland would cost around $3.9 million to $5.5 million. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, 13 Aug. 2023 The case concerns two districts: the 1st, an increasingly competitive, white-majority coastal seat anchored in Charleston, and the 6th, a neighboring inland Black-majority district, which Democratic Representative Jim Clyburn has long represented. Michael Li, The New Republic, 2 Oct. 2023 The cooling trend should bring some relief to Southern California’s warmest inland valleys — including the western San Fernando Valley and the Antelope Valley — where highs were expected to peak at about 105 or 106 Wednesday. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2023 On Wednesday, Moscow attacked Ukraine’s primary inland port on the Danube River, sending global food prices soaring. Anastacia Galouchka, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2023
The risk of fire will be further raised by the relative humidity, which will drop to 15 percent inland. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Nov. 2023 Rain was already moving inland across North Carolina by midday Friday with some areas expected to get up to 7 inches across eastern parts of the state and into southeast Virginia, forecasters said. Sarah Brumfield and Brian Witte The Associated Press, Arkansas Online, 23 Sep. 2023 That could lead to freshwater flooding inland, especially in places also facing onshore winds and a storm surge. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2023 The lower, slower river flow and a deep, wide river channel set the stage for Gulf water to push inland. Kevin McGill and Stephen Smith The Associated Press, Arkansas Online, 28 Oct. 2023 Features, including distinctive thick eyebrows and bromeliad plants that extend from the corners of the jaw, date the piece to the Olmecs, who settled in the region after moving inland from the Gulf Coast 2,800 years ago. David Shortell Marian Carrasquero, New York Times, 23 Oct. 2023 Storm surge watch: There is a possibility of life-threatening rising water moving inland from the shoreline somewhere within the specified area, generally within 48 hours. Sam Schulz, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Oct. 2023 In 2019, after three different floods hit the Angleton farm—the nearby river breached its banks—the couple decided to move inland. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 12 Oct. 2023 The current House map moved 62 percent of the Black voters in Charleston County — 30,000 of them — to the Sixth District, a seat that Representative James Clyburn, a Black Democrat, has held for three decades, and moved inland white voters like Ms. Jurosko into the First District. Jonathan Weisman, New York Times, 11 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1573, in the meaning defined above


1600, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inland was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Inland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 3 adjective
in·​land ˈin-ˌland How to pronounce inland (audio)
: of or relating to the part of a country away from the coast or boundaries


2 of 3 noun
: the part of a country away from the coast or boundaries : interior


3 of 3 adverb
: into or toward the area away from a coast
traveled inland

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