Definition of inlet
1a : a bay or recess in the shore of a sea, lake, or river; also : creekb : 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
Examples of inlet in a Sentence
The coast is dotted with tiny inlets.
went fishing in the quiet inlets of the coast
Recent Examples of inlet from the Web
Trolling has been slow, although some are getting action with flashers/nightcrawlers near the inlet.
Here, a mile-wide inlet some 80 feet deep carries water in and out of Charlotte Harbor.
Kiawah Island, just south of Charleston, is home to Beachwalker Park, a public beach with inlets that are prime paddling territory for canoers and kayakers, a small part of the island’s natural appeal that caught Dr. Beach’s eye.
Locals who dock their boats all around the inlet are unlikely to be happy about being locked in or inconvenienced by a chain of warships.
The result of all of this complex air-inlet management was an engine that could push the SR-71 faster than any other jet aircraft.
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Origin and Etymology of inlet
from its letting water in
First Known Use: circa 1576See Words from the same year
INLET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inlet for English Language Learners
: a narrow area of water that goes into the land from a sea or lake
: an opening through which air, gas, or liquid can enter something (such as a machine)
INLET Defined for Kids
Definition of inlet for Students
1 : a small or narrow bay
2 : an opening through which air, gas, or liquid can enter something
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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