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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A recess, such as a bay or cove, along a coast.
  • n. A stream or bay leading inland, as from the ocean; an estuary.
  • n. A narrow passage of water, as between two islands.
  • n. A drainage passage, as to a culvert.
  • n. An opening providing a means of entrance or intake.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To let in; admit.
  • v. To insert; inlay.
  • n. A body of water let into a coast, such as a bay, cove, fjord or estuary.
  • n. A passage that leads into a cavity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A passage by which an inclosed place may be entered; a place of ingress; entrance
  • n. 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.
  • n. That which is let in or inlaid; an inserted material.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To let in; admit.
  • To insert; inlay.
  • n. A passage or opening by which an inclosed place may be entered; place of ingress; entrance.
  • n. A waterway leading into a sea or lake, and forming part of it; a strip of water running from a larger body into the land; a creek; a channel.
  • n. Inserted material.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an arm off of a larger body of water (often between rocky headlands)
  • n. an opening through which fluid is admitted to a tube or container

Etymologies

in1 + let1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English inleten, equivalent to in- +‎ let. Cognate with Dutch inlaten ("to let in, admit"), Low German inlaten ("to let in"), German einlassen ("to admit, let in"), Swedish inlåta ("to enter, engage"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English inlāte ("inlet, entrance"), from inleten ("to let in"), equivalent to in- +‎ let. Compare Low German inlat ("inlet"), German Einlass ("inlet, entrance"). (Wiktionary)

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