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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Forget garage servicing-you could send a Jack Russell down the fuel inlet tracts to carry out a bore inspection.
▪ He followed the shoreline toward the inlet.
▪ Plastic Grids were placed in the bottom of the main vat to stop the fish from being sucked into the pump inlet.
▪ Sludge - another corrosion by-product - can block the inlet or outlet to the radiator and prevent it from heating up.
▪ The top connector is for the inlet from the pump and the bottom for the outlet to the vat.
▪ They made it to the marina, got launched and out the inlet without discussion.
▪ They passed out of sight on their way to the inlet where Orestes' ship lay.
▪ You can even get a hot meal free from the Red Cross, down at the inlet.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Inlet \In"let\, n.

  1. A passage by which an inclosed place may be entered; a place of ingress; entrance; especially, a narrow waterway leading into a harbor.

    Doors and windows, inlets of men and of light.
    --Sir H. Wotton.

  2. A bay or recess, as in the shore of a sea, lake, or large river; a narrow strip of water running into the land or between islands.

  3. That which is let in or inlaid; an inserted material.

    Note: Inlet is also used adjectively, as in inlet pipe, inlet valve, etc.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


Etymology 1 vb. 1 (context transitive English) To let in; admit. 2 (context transitive English) To insert; inlay. Etymology 2

n. 1 A body of water let into a coast, such as a bay, cove, fjord or estuary. 2 A passage that leads into a cavity.


n. an arm off of a larger body of water (often between rocky headlands) [syn: recess]


An inlet is an indentation of a shoreline, usually long and narrow, such as a small bay or arm, that often leads to an enclosed body of salt water, such as a sound, bay, lagoon, or marsh. In sea coasts, an inlet usually refers to the actual connection between a bay and the ocean and is often called an "entrance" or a recession in the shore of a sea, lake, or river. A certain kind of inlet created by glaciation is a fjord, typically but not always in mountainous coastlines and also in montane lakes.

Complexes of large inlets or fjords may be called sounds, e.g.,  Puget Sound, Howe Sound, Karmsund (sund is Scandinavian for "sound"). Some fjord-type inlets are called canals, e.g.,  Portland Canal, Lynn Canal, Hood Canal, and some are channels, e.g.,  Dean Channel and Douglas Channel.

Inlet (disambiguation)

Inlet may mean:

  • A valve or pipe connection that points toward a service provider or holding tank
  • A body of water, usually seawater, which has characteristics of any of these:
    • Bay
    • Cove
    • Estuary
    • Firth
    • Fjord
    • Geo (landscape)
    • Sea loch
    • Sea lough
    • Sound
Places in the United States
  • Inlet, New York
  • Inlet, Ohio
  • Inlet, Wisconsin

Usage examples of "inlet".

It is all inshore work on a very low coast all the way down to the Bight of Biafra, mangrove swamps and mud for hundreds of miles and mosquitoes so thick you can hardly breathe, particularly in the rainy season: though every now and then there are inlets, little gaps in the forest if you know where to look, and that is where the smaller schooners go, sometimes taking a full cargo aboard in a day.

I had devoted special study to this peculiar formation in the Barrier, and had arrived at the conclusion that the inlet that exists to-day in the Ross Barrier under the name of the Bay of Whales is nothing else than the self-same bight that was observed by Sir James Clark Ross -- no doubt with great changes of outline, but still the same.

Sure enough, along the course followed by the inlet, the huge fern trees and calamites were flung down one after the other, their branches waving as they fell like vanquished standards.

In sailing to Virginia, navigators steer through a strait formed by two points, called the Capes, into the bay of Chesapeak, a large inlet that runs three hundred miles into the country from south to north, covered from the Atlantic Ocean by the eastern side of Maryland, and a small portion of Virginia on the same peninsula.

That is why I offer herewith none of my own kitchen inventions, but some recipes kindly provided, after much coaxing, by the crew of the Zachs Inlet Coast Guard Station, visiting clammers and miscellaneous inhabitants of Great South Bay and the open spaces thereabouts and appertaining.

During that time he was feasted on fresh-water fish such as carp and crucian, of which large numbers were netted from Lake Biwa in the inlet at the foot of the mountain.

He pulled Gip to a halt at the edge of the forest and observed the quiet inlet.

Cape, and found traces of caravans, reached as far as an inlet they named Gurnet Bay, from its shoals of fish, and again put back to Lagos, early in the year.

It grieved him plaguily, he said, to see the nuptial couch defrauded of its dearest pledges: and to reflect upon so many agreeable females with rich jointures, a prey to the vilest bonzes, who hide their flambeau under a bushel in an uncongenial cloister or lose their womanly bloom in the embraces of some unaccountable muskin when they might multiply the inlets of happiness, sacrificing the inestimable jewel of their sex when a hundred pretty fellows were at hand to caress, this, he assured them, made his heart weep.

Marlon and Pimento stood on the caboose-red porch wrapped around the lamp, taking pictures of the ocean and the inlet.

Van Spult Inlet must therefore have been more or less of a guess based upon dead reckoning.

Beyond those peaks lay the thalassic coast, the channel with its coves and inlets, and Blade knew he would find corpses there.

The waves leave behind them glinting striations of salt and forcibly mould the foreshore into the curvilinear abstractions of cliffs, bays, inlets, curvilinear tumuli like the sculpture of Arp.

Across Moriches Bay, I could see the outer barrier islands and the Moriches Inlet that separates Fire Island from the Westhampton dunes and Cupsogue Beach County Park, where, in vulgar police parlance, someone banged his bimbo on the beach and maybe videotaped a piece of evidence that could blow this case wide open.

Everyone started back to the club for a barbeque, but I decided to sail through the Moriches Inlet into the ocean.