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

Adverb They traveled inland from the sea. They live inland about three miles.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Derechoes are often referred to as inland hurricanes due to their hurricane-like conditions, in terms of ferocious wind and torrential rain. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Dangerous derecho headed for Chicago after lashing Iowa with 99-mph winds," 11 Aug. 2020 Current models still do not agree on if temperatures will stay near freezing as the bulk of the precipitation spreads inland Tuesday afternoon. oregonlive, "Portland metro Monday weather: Light, slushy snow possible, then rain; high 43," 25 Jan. 2021 Service businesses like hotels and restaurants did well late last year in big coastal cities like Beijing and Shanghai, but never fully recovered in inland provinces. New York Times, "Most Major Economies Are Shrinking. Not China’s.," 17 Jan. 2021 But, like the Balize concept, the idea of a manmade seaway and inland harbor would persist. Richard Campanella,, "acquisition of 1,100 acres," 1 Jan. 2021 For traders looking to sell oil unleashed by the fracking boom to the rest of the world, prices at ports such as Corpus Christi, Texas, can be more relevant than those at Cushing’s inland web of terminals and pipelines. Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Oil’s Turbulent Year Stirs Debate on Relevance of Benchmarks," 28 Dec. 2020 Its signature vista is an inland rainforest of Kauri pines, giant ferns, and turpentine trees that can live for a thousand years. Matthew Abbott, Environment, "Another Australian wildfire ignites—in one of its most unique ecosystems," 18 Dec. 2020 The paper also highlights the value of local knowledge, specifically how Cree hunters track air temperature and precipitation to evaluate inland ice conditions. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Climate Change Causes Weaker, More Dangerous Lake Ice," 24 Nov. 2020 Ardent Trump supporter Darrell Issa narrowly won his bid to return to Congress, this time representing the 50th congressional district in inland San Diego County. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: Biden presses on, unfazed," 11 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Its rival is the Jalisco New Generation, a sprawling syndicate that uses Guanajuato as a strategic inland corridor for moving U.S.-bound synthetic drugs from Pacific ports to the border. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, Los Angeles Times, "This reporter went to cover a homicide in Mexico. Then he became a victim," 4 Dec. 2020 According to the utility, the communities where electricity could be cut include parts of East County and inland North County, especially in the mountains. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Potential power shutoffs loom for 31K SDG&E customers in East County, inland North County," 22 Dec. 2020 Winds were also expected to pick up again Monday in the inland Orange County area, with gusts up to 45 mph. City News Service, Los Angeles Times, "7,300-acre Bond fire in Orange County is 50% contained," 6 Dec. 2020 The system, which also whipped up dust clouds along Interstate 8 and smoothed the face of cobalt blue waves along the coast , will generate 30 mph to 35 mph gusts across mountains slopes and inland foothills. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Santa Ana winds to build again across inland San Diego County after cutting power," 3 Dec. 2020 The National Weather Service in Mobile said temperatures will drop as low as 25 inland and near freezing at the coast. Leigh Morgan, al, "Snowflakes and freeze warnings for Alabama later today," 30 Nov. 2020 The inland fisheries division selects waterbodies to stock with both fish and angler in mind. Matt Wyatt,, "San Antonio area set for rainbow trout," 27 Nov. 2020 The 50th District — which includes East San Diego, north inland San Diego County and southern Riverside — has long been a Republican stronghold. Charles T. Clark, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The CA50 race that is sending Darrell Issa back to Congress carries lessons," 8 Nov. 2020 All tropical storm warnings have been dropped for Alabama, both along the coast and inland. Leigh Morgan, al, "Tropical Storm Zeta speeds away from Alabama but leaves a big mess behind," 29 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The West Coast remains active this week with several systems moving inland. Janice Dean, Fox News, "Storm systems move inland in the West, mostly sunny skies in Georgia," 5 Jan. 2021 On Friday morning, Iota still carried hurricane force winds, moving inland over northern Nicaragua with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. The Associated Press,, "Hurricane Iota makes landfall in Nicaragua in same area devastated by Hurricane Eta," 17 Nov. 2020 Notably, the Hurricane Center's forecast in a public advisory early Tuesday morning has Iota moving inland across northern Nicaragua this morning, and then across southern Honduras Tuesday night. Editors, USA TODAY, "New COVID-19 closures, Trump campaign lawsuit, Hurricane Iota: 5 things to know Tuesday," 17 Nov. 2020 Eta's center is expected to approach the northeastern coast of Nicaragua Monday afternoon, and make landfall early Tuesday with winds of up to 115 mph before moving inland over northern Nicaragua through early Wednesday, according to NHC. Michael Guy And Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Tropical Storm Eta expected to rapidly intensify over the next 24 hours and bring catastrophic conditions to Central America," 2 Nov. 2020 The combination of the storm surge and tide will cause normally dry areas to be flooded by water moving inland from the Gulf of Mexico. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "More Late August Than Late September, But Big Changes Next Week," 21 Sep. 2020 In addition, a dangerous storm surge and the tide could cause normally-dry areas to flood from rising waters moving inland from the shoreline, the NHC noted. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "Hurricane Sally Makes History As 1 of 5 Tropical Cyclones in the Atlantic at the Same Time," 15 Sep. 2020 The area could see life-threatening rain and rising water moving inland from the coastline over the next 36 hours. Justin Carissimo, CBS News, "Hurricane Laura threatens Texas and Louisiana coasts - live updates," 25 Aug. 2020 Along the Gulf of Mexico, for instance, locals could tell when a big blow was coming if the crawfish started moving inland. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Hurricanes Have Shaped the Course of U.S. History," 29 July 2020

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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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