Meaning of inward bound in English:

inward bound


  • 1(especially of a ship or passenger) coming into or towards a place.

    ‘we saw the car ferry, inward bound from the islands of Tiree and Coll’
    • ‘inward-bound vessels’
    • ‘Inward bound from Balik Papan, Borneo, she went ashore in thick fog off Portsea back beach at 7 a.m.’
    • ‘On 19 July, 1941 His Majesty's Submarine Umpire was cruising on the surface with a large inward-bound Allied convoy off the Norfolk coast.’
    • ‘The outward bound Chaves had arrived the previous day with a cargo of fertilizer, whilst the inward bound ship, the Narwa, arrived with a load of cement from Barcelona.’
    • ‘Our intermediate destination was a transit camp for troops leaving from Alexandria to other countries, and for inward bound troops also.’
    • ‘Inward bound, seafarers will be watching carefully to avoid areas where waves are breaking, and that the cross tide is not carrying their vessel towards The Shingles Bank.’
    • ‘We left Auckland for the last time on 9 April 1999, passing a car carrier inward bound.’
    • ‘In 1910 she was run into by a foreign steamer below Gravesend, when inward bound from Langesund, and was towed ashore in a sinking condition.’
    • ‘Having arrived about four in the afternoon, we saw a brigantine supposed to be inward bound from the West Indies.’
  • 2Denoting investment made in a country by investors outside that country.

    ‘the programme is designed to stimulate inward-bound investment’
    • ‘Drivers of demand include investor confidence, inward bound capital, jobs, the list goes on.’
    • ‘He says a recent example of this phenomenon is South Africa's rules pertaining to inward-bound loans.’
    • ‘Our aim is to achieve a more equitable trade balance and increase inward-bound trade and investment missions.’
    • ‘The thin capitalisation rules will essentially look at the way outward-bound and inward-bound investment can be deducted.’
    • ‘The Government's new rules were criticised by the New Zealand First leader as being an attack upon inward-bound investment by foreigners.’
    • ‘The EU Accession countries suffered a fall in inward bound foreign investment during 2003.’