Word of the Day Archive
Wednesday April 10, 2013
1. the act of going in or entering.
2. the right to enter.
3. a means or place of entering; entryway.
4. Astronomy. immersion (def. 5).
The unknown of my beginning has ingress into me, through my spirit. My spirit is troubled, it is uneasy. Far off it hears the approach of footsteps through the night. Who is coming? Ah, let the newcomer arrive, let the newcomer arrive.
-- D.H. Lawrence, Reflections on the Death of a Porcupine, 1915
We have not succeeded in finding such a test as anyone can apply; we have been forced to allow ingress to innumerable dull and tedious books…
-- T.S. Eliot, "The Function of Criticism," Essays of Generalization, 1918-1930
From the Latin in- + gradī literally meaning "to go in" or "enter," ingress entered English as a verb in the 1200s and as a noun in the 1300s.