in·​land | \ ˈin-ˌland How to pronounce inland (audio) , -lənd\

Definition of inland

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : of or relating to the interior of a country
2 chiefly British : not foreign : domestic



Definition of inland (Entry 2 of 3)

: the interior part of a country



Definition of inland (Entry 3 of 3)

: into or toward the interior

Examples of inland in a Sentence


They traveled inland from the sea. They live inland about three miles.

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Advertising The researchers said the inland tsunami points to a massive earthquake generated by the asteroid crash, somewhere between a magnitude 10 and 11. Seth Borenstein, The Seattle Times, "Snapshot of extinction: Fossils show day of killer asteroid," 3 Apr. 2019 An inland saltwater sea evaporated here some 250 million years ago, leaving behind one of the largest potash deposits in the world, a EuroChem official said. James Marson, WSJ, "More Potash Coming to an Already Crowded Fertilizer Market," 29 July 2018 Photo: Katrina Wittkamp for The Wall Street Journal Lakefront homes can require more maintenance than inland properties. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "What’s It Take to Sell a Home on Chicago’s Lake Michigan? Patience," 21 Feb. 2019 Under mostly sunny skies, temperatures warmed to the low and mid-80s at most inland suburban locations on Sunday. Tom Skilling,, "Pleasant Monday belies impending storm threat," 25 June 2018 However, probably the biggest concern with Florence is inland flooding, especially as the storm is now likely to become nearly stationary along the Carolina coast and then slowly trudge inland. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Hurricane Florence forecast has gone from bad to worse," 12 Sep. 2018 The process is still in its infancy, and will require thousands of participants from shipping companies and ports to inland freight forwarders, cargo owners, and customs and border security agencies to work as intended. Costas Paris, WSJ, "With Container Ships Getting Bigger, Maersk Focuses on Getting Faster," 20 Dec. 2018 Residents toughing it out in the valleys around Los Angeles and in the inland region to the east faced the possibility of unhealthy air quality. CBS News, "Southern California heat wave breaks records," 6 July 2018 Moorea, French Polynesia Moorea’s relative budget-friendliness and its idyllic beaches, overwater bungalows, and inland adventures proves a winning combination for this ultra-scenic society island. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018

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Record rainfall had raised its surface 35 feet, flooding cabins and marinas into a muddy inland sea. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Texas Lake Developed a Boat-Swallowing Whirlpool," 3 Sep. 2018 As East County’s only full-service hospital, Grossmont has long been the closest option for a wide swath of inland San Diego, drawing from La Mesa out to Lakeside and beyond. Paul Sisson,, "New Grossmont clinic aims to take pressure off region's busiest ER," 9 Apr. 2018 Unique in the world for its distance from the sea, the temperate inland rain forest 300 miles from the Pacific that is home to the mountain caribou is under siege. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "David Moskowitz captures the beauty — and fragility — of the Northwest’s mountain caribou," 11 Feb. 2019 That is because, somewhat like Hurricane Harvey in 2017, steering currents seem likely to weaken once Florence moves inland and runs into high pressure over West Virginia and Kentucky. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Hurricane Florence represents a grave threat to the East Coast," 10 Sep. 2018 The other big issue, Laura, is the rain, which could be two to three feet, up to four feet, not just along the coast but inland. Fox News, "Ken Starr: Impeachment is hell," 11 Sep. 2018 Alongside fellow photographer Jerry Burchfield, Chamberlain extensively photographed along Laguna Canyon Road, the city's main artery to and from the inland, portions of which remain only two lanes despite the area's population growth. Bradley Zint,, "Mark Chamberlain, photographer, gallery owner and environmentalist known for the ‘Laguna Canyon Project,’ dies at 75," 26 Apr. 2018 In late 2016 the agency oversaw the application of compost to different California regions — inland, Southern, Northern — to see if land in various conditions would, like Wick’s ranch, suck up atmospheric carbon. Moises Velasquez-manoff, New York Times, "Can Dirt Save the Earth?," 18 Apr. 2018 Photo: Getty Images Along the coast, debris was strewn across beaches; in some inland areas, entire buildings appeared to be swallowed up when violent shaking turned the soil into something like quicksand, a phenomenon called liquefaction. Ben Otto, WSJ, "‘We Just Ran’: Scale of Tsunami Horror Emerges in Indonesia," 1 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

These southern fires are given a helping hand by the Santa Anas, winds that originate inland and historically have made areas of the state more vulnerable to fires. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Horrific Fires Devastate California Up and Down Coast," 9 Nov. 2018 The plane was to fly in an indirect route off the west coast of the Korean Peninsula before turning inland and arriving at Pyongyang's international airport about 80 minutes later, Moon's office said. Fox News, "South Korean president heads to North for summit with Kim," 18 Sep. 2018 Thirty-three people have been moved farther inland and people have been advised to get their boats out of the way., "6 dead after attackers target presidential palace," 14 July 2018 But as the risk of climate change grows, this will likely change, with the wealthy colonizing the higher, less flood-prone ground inland and especially in and around downtown. Richard Florida, WIRED, "Climate Change Will Force the Poor From Their Homes," 13 July 2018 The dew point will creep up into the mid and upper 50s inland and into the lower 60s along the shoreline. Gary Lessor,, "Mostly Sunny Skies, Temperatures In The Upper 70s, 80s," 12 July 2018 Highs will reach into the middle 80s well inland and the 70s along the lakefront as northeast to east winds over the cool waters of Lake Michigan feed into our area. Tom Skilling,, "Cooler and less humid air for next few days, then heat returns," 10 July 2018 Highs along the West Coast and into the Northwest will range from the 60s to the 80s, with 90s farther inland and 100s in the Desert Southwest. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Fourth of July weather forecast: Hot as a firecracker for most of US, severe storms in Upper Midwest," 3 July 2018 Rising seas and temperatures bring a myriad of problems with them, too, like killing plants further inland and welcoming invasive species that love the warmth. Aubrey Nagle,, "Shooting at Trenton arts fest, Jersey Shore feels the heat of climate change | Morning Newsletter," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of inland


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1573, in the meaning defined above


1600, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of inland

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or in the part of a country that is away from the coast or boundaries



English Language Learners Definition of inland (Entry 2 of 2)

: in, into, or toward the middle of a country : away from the coast


in·​land | \ ˈin-ˌland How to pronounce inland (audio) , -lənd\

Kids Definition of inland

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: of or relating to the part of a country away from the coast inland towns



Kids Definition of inland (Entry 2 of 3)

: the part of a country away from the coast or boundaries



Kids Definition of inland (Entry 3 of 3)

: into or toward the area away from a coast The storm moved inland.

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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