inlet

[n. in-let, -lit; v. in-let, in-let]
noun
1.
an indentation of a shoreline, usually long and narrow; small bay or arm.
2.
a narrow passage between islands.
3.
a place of admission; entrance.
4.
something put in or inserted.
verb (used with object), inlet, inletting.
5.
to put in; insert.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English; see in, let1

bay, cove, gulf, inlet.
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inlet
 
n
1.  a narrow inland opening of the coastline
2.  an entrance or opening
3.  the act of letting someone or something in
4.  something let in or inserted
5.  a.  a passage, valve, or part through which a substance, esp a fluid, enters a device or machine
 b.  (as modifier): an inlet valve
 
vb , -lets, -letting, -let
6.  (tr) to insert or inlay

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Word Origin & History

inlet
1570, "narrow opening into a coast, arm fo the sea," a special use of M.E. inleten "to let in" (c.1300). Originally a Kentish term.
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Medical Dictionary

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

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Example sentences
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.
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