in·​let | \ ˈin-ˌlet How to pronounce inlet (audio) , -lət \

Definition of inlet

1a : a bay or recess in the shore of a sea, lake, or river also : creek
b : a narrow water passage between peninsulas or through a barrier island leading to a bay or lagoon
2 : a way of entering especially : an opening for intake

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Examples of inlet in a Sentence

The coast is dotted with tiny inlets. went fishing in the quiet inlets of the coast
Recent Examples on the Web In addition to its five inputs, the Ultima Pre 3’s rear panel features both balanced and unbalanced outputs, a 12 V trigger and an IEC power inlet. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 4 May 2022 From one of the lots, there is also a private kayak launch with access from the inlet to the Long Island Sound. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 11 Apr. 2022 The company has proposed environmental mitigation projects that include dredging an inlet of the Bolsa Chica wetlands, restoring coastal marshes and laying down an artificial reef off the Palos Verdes Peninsula to provide fish habitat. Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2022 In addition, the port is strongly flared at both inlet and outlet to smooth airflow and eradicate distortion. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Snedden was swept about 300 yards out into the inlet, near the mouth of the Anchor River. Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2022 Narooma, New South Wales Between its idyllic turquoise inlet, fresh local oysters, and proximity to wildlife- and culture-rich Montague Island Nature Reserve, Narooma already has plenty of visitor appeal. Sarah Reid, Travel + Leisure, 5 Apr. 2022 The compression ratio is lowered to 9.5:1 to accommodate the 26.0 psi delivered from the larger turbos through a dual-inlet intake. David Beard, Car and Driver, 25 Mar. 2022 Meanwhile, in the small southern city of Mykolaiv, located on an inlet that would be a useful access point for Russians to bring in troops and supplies, the fighting has been among the most intense in Ukraine in recent days. Natasha Bertrand, CNN, 28 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of inlet

circa 1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for inlet

from its letting water in

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The first known use of inlet was circa 1576

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24 May 2022

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“Inlet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for inlet


in·​let | \ ˈin-ˌlet How to pronounce inlet (audio) \

Kids Definition of inlet

1 : a small or narrow bay
2 : an opening through which air, gas, or liquid can enter something


in·​let | \ ˈin-ˌlet, -lət How to pronounce inlet (audio) \

Medical Definition of inlet

: the upper opening of a bodily cavity especially : that of the cavity of the true pelvis bounded by the pelvic brim

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