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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).

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inlet (third-person singular simple present inlets, present participle inletting, simple past and past participle inlet)

  1. (transitive) To let in; admit.
  2. (transitive) To insert; inlay.
    • 2012 December 17, “Archeologists Unearth Alien-Like Skulls In A Mexico Cemetery”, in RedOrbit[1], retrieved 2013-03-13:
      The team said that many of the bones unearthed were the remains of children, leading them to believe the practice of deforming skulls “may have been inlet and dangerous.”
  3. (firearms) To carve the wooden stock of a firearm so as to position the metal components in it.

Etymology 2 edit

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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  • IPA(key): /ˈɪnlət/
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inlet (plural inlets)

  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.
    • 1748. David Hume, An enquiry concerning human understanding. In: L. A. SELBY-BIGGE, M. A. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. 2. ed. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 15.
      by opening this new inlet for sensations, you also open an inlet for the ideas;
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