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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 When rivers spilled from their banks this week, many were forced to flee their homes in multiple inland cities. Alex Derosier And Alan Suderman, Fox News, "Reckoning with loss of homes, livelihoods after Florence," 21 Sep. 2018 The international commission first met in 1985 to create more cooperation between Canada and the U.S. on protecting salmon, which migrate thousands of miles from inland streams to the Pacific Ocean and then back to their spawning place. Gillian Flaccus, The Seattle Times, "International 10-year salmon preservation plan advances," 18 Sep. 2018 Lancaster, Pennsylvania Population: 59,218 | Median value of housing: $109,300 One of the oldest inland cities in the country, Lancaster boasts unique features such as the country’s oldest continuously running farmers market. Natalie Campisi,, "5 great cities for millennial homebuyers," 8 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 And there will be flooding in the inland areas as well. Fox News, "Former NYSE chair on reopening Stock Exchange after 9/11," 12 Sep. 2018 And officials are cautioning everyone to avoid hiking, with temperatures expected to soar into triple digits in many inland and mountain areas. J. Harry Jones,, "Dangerous Southern California heat wave beginning today is 'one for the record books'," 6 July 2018 Saotomean delicacies, such as sea snails and omelets packed with smoked fish, can be enjoyed at the Museu Almada Negreiros, near Monte Café, about 25-minute drive inland from São Tomé city (239-991-61-72, Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Fantasized About Being a Castaway? Check Out This Island Holiday," 18 Dec. 2018 Among the first tasks: finding temporary housing for thousands whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged by the storm's coastal surge and inland floods. Fox News, "'Up in the air': If displaced by storm, where to call home?," 19 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The Madrid Maersk, with capacity for 20,568 boxes, came into Belgium’s Port of Antwerp on June 9, 2017, and left 59 hours later, after transferring 6,500 containers to trucks, trains and barges traveling inland waterways. Costas Paris, WSJ, "With Container Ships Getting Bigger, Maersk Focuses on Getting Faster," 20 Dec. 2018 The bloom also causes respiratory irritations in people which, coupled with the stench of rotting marine life, sent many tourists inland away from the beaches, seaside attractions and restaurants with outdoor seating. Jennifer Kay, The Seattle Times, "Experts: Hurricane Michael failed to end Florida’s red tide," 15 Oct. 2018 The region has been deluged by historic amounts of rainfall — best measured in feet in many locations — and floodwaters along rivers inland are still rising. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Photos: what Hurricane Florence’s destruction looks like on the ground," 17 Sep. 2018 Less than three miles inland from Great Peconic Bay, Shinnecock Hills is broad-shouldered and windswept and undulated and roughed. Marcus Hayes,, "USGA says No. 7 at Shinnecock won't happen in this year's U.S. Open. But what will? | Marcus Hayes," 22 May 2018 The charming pioneer town of Lemoore, California, more than 100 miles inland from Monterey. Sunset, "A Surfing Competition—in a Lake?!," 22 Jan. 2018 So when a storm charges toward a coast, storm surges get higher and move further inland, sending water over more properties and putting more lives at risk. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Hurricane Florence caused up to $22 billion in damages. Climate change made the storm worse.," 3 Oct. 2018 When the shaking is over, move quickly to inland, higher ground., "What to do before, during and after a tsunami," 23 Jan. 2018 Alternately, a submarine that risks approaching closer to the U.S. coast can strike targets farther inland. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Report: Russia Designing Cruise Missiles with 3,000 Mile Range," 8 Jan. 2019

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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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