From Middle English inland, inlond, from Old English inland, equivalent to in- + land. Compare West Frisian ynlân (“inland”), German Inland (“inland”), Danish indland (“inland”), Swedish inland (“inland”), Norwegian innland (“inland”). Compare also Dutch binnenland.
- Within the land; relatively remote from the ocean or from open water; interior.
- an inland town
- 1904–1906, Joseph Conrad, “The Nursery of the Craft”, in The Mirror of the Sea, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.; London: Harper & Brothers, published October 1906, OCLC 1044745843, pages 254–255:
- Happy he who, like Ulysses, has made an adventurous voyage; and there is no such sea for adventurous voyages as the Mediterranean—the inland sea which the ancients looked upon as so vast and so full of wonders.
- Limited to the land, or to inland routes; within the seashore boundary; not passing on, or over, the sea
- inland commerce inland navigation inland transportation
- Confined to a country or state; domestic; not foreign.
- an inland bill of exchange
inland (plural inlands)
- The interior part of a country.
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene ii]:
- a wall sufficient to defend
Our inland from the pilfering borderers.
- Into, or towards, the interior of the land, away from the coast.
- The greatest waves of population have rolled inland from the east. Sharon Turner.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for inland in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)