Definitions

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

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

in1 + let1.

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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").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English inlāte ("inlet, entrance"), from inleten ("to let in"), equivalent to in- +‎ let. Compare Low German inlat ("inlet"), German Einlass ("inlet, entrance").

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