inlier

noun

in·​li·​er ˈin-ˌlī(-ə)r How to pronounce inlier (audio)
1
: a mass of rock whose outcrop is surrounded by rock of younger age
2
: a distinct area or formation completely surrounded by another
also : enclave

Word History

Etymology

in entry 3 + outlier

First Known Use

circa 1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of inlier was circa 1859

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Cite this Entry

“Inlier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inlier. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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