in·let (ĭnlĕt′, -lĭt)
a. A recess, such as a bay or cove, along a coast.
b. A stream or bay leading inland, as from the ocean; an estuary.
c. A narrow passage of water, as between two islands.
d. A drainage passage, as to a culvert.
2. An opening providing a means of entrance or intake.
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