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[in-gres] /ˈɪn grɛs/
the act of going in or entering.
the right to enter.
a means or place of entering; entryway.
Astronomy, immersion (def 5).
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin ingressus a going in, commencing, equivalent to ingred-, stem of ingredī to go or step into, commence (see in-2, gradient) + -tus suffix of v. action, with -dt- > -ss-
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[in-gresh-uh n] /ɪnˈgrɛʃ ən/ (Show IPA),
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British Dictionary definitions for ingress


the act of going or coming in; an entering
a way in; entrance
the right or permission to enter
(astronomy) another name for immersion (sense 2)
Derived Forms
ingression (ɪnˈɡrɛʃən) noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin ingressus, from ingredī to go in, from gradī to step, go
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Word Origin and History for ingress

mid-15c., from Latin ingressus "an advance; walking; an entry," from past participle stem of ingredi "to step into, enter" (see ingredient). The verb, sometimes said to be American English, is attested from early 14c.

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Encyclopedia Article for ingress

in astronomy, the apparent entrance of a smaller body upon the disk of a larger one as the smaller passes between the larger and the observer-e.g., the entrance of a satellite or its shadow on the disk of a planet. The term is also applied to the Moon's entrance into the Earth's shadow at the start of a lunar eclipse and to the Sun's entrance into a zodiacal constellation.

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