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[n. in-let, -lit; v. in-let, in-let] /n. ˈɪn lɛt, -lɪt; v. ˈɪnˌlɛt, ɪnˈlɛt/
an indentation of a shoreline, usually long and narrow; small bay or arm.
a narrow passage between islands.
a place of admission; entrance.
something put in or inserted.
verb (used with object), inlet, inletting.
to put in; insert.
Origin of inlet
1250-1300; Middle English; see in, let1
Can be confused
bay, cove, gulf, inlet. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inlet
  • The party as mentioned were seen to go out of the inlet.
  • Miserly throttle on petrol causes drag from the below atmospheric pressure in the inlet manifold.
  • The apparatus also includes a system for controlling the phase of each of laser beams provided to an inlet of the waveguide.
  • Though lessened, the threat of an inlet breach was hardly gone.
  • He looks out over the inlet toward a blue and white iceberg.
  • No carbureter is used, the gasoline being pumped into the cylinders above the inlet valves.
  • They read the sea well, too, and decided to run for a sheltered inlet.
  • We quickly got our snorkeling gear on and plunged into the inlet.
  • At the entrance to the inlet the whole sea was practically one great breaker.
  • The device, made of acrylic, has a small reaction chamber fed and cleaned via tiny inlet and outlet channels.
British Dictionary definitions for inlet


noun (ˈɪnˌlɛt)
a narrow inland opening of the coastline
an entrance or opening
the act of letting someone or something in
something let in or inserted
  1. a passage, valve, or part through which a substance, esp a fluid, enters a device or machine
  2. (as modifier): an inlet valve
verb (ɪnˈlɛt) -lets, -letting, -let
(transitive) to insert or inlay
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Word Origin and History for inlet

1570s, "narrow opening into a coast, arm of the sea," a special use of Middle English inleten "to let in" (c.1300), from in + let (v.). In this sense said by old sources to be originally a Kentish term.

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inlet in Medicine

inlet in·let (ĭn'lět', -lĭt)
A passage leading into a cavity.

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