Definition of inbound in English:


adjective & adverb

  • Travelling towards a particular place, especially when returning to the original point of departure.

    as adjective ‘inbound traffic’
    as adverb ‘we have three enemy planes inbound on bearing two ninety’
    • ‘One inbound and return flight to Heathrow was cancelled but other delays were kept to a minimum.’
    • ‘I decided that at some point we would have to bail out and return on the next inbound car.’
    • ‘Those lanes had been carrying inbound traffic during the latest phase of the Fort Pitt Bridge and Tunnels reconstruction project.’
    • ‘The outbound tunnel is now being used for inbound traffic.’
    • ‘The experiment re-routed inbound traffic through the adjacent Victorian archway, which was previously used only by outbound vehicles.’
    • ‘The spokesman also said that the lane only applies for inbound traffic for three hours during the morning and evening rush hours on weekdays.’
    • ‘The outbound tunnel was rehabilitated last year and is being used for inbound traffic this year.’
    • ‘The existing line in the road will be burnt off and extra width given to the inbound traffic to form two lines.’
    • ‘Every year, Taiwan registers around eight million outbound travelers and two million inbound visitors.’
    • ‘Last month more than half of the passengers passing through Prestwick were inbound travellers.’
    • ‘U.S. Cellular is on the south side of Chicago, and inbound evening rush-hour traffic from the north and west has become oppressive.’
    • ‘In 2002, about 31 per cent of the total passenger traffic used the airport as an inbound transfer/transit point.’
    • ‘The growth in the number of Canadians travelling abroad continues to outpace the performance of inbound travellers.’
    • ‘Despite the fact we still travel abroad twice as much as inbound tourists visit us, holidays at home are hard to beat.’
    • ‘Ellis left us after lunch, walking back to the station by himself and taking the next inbound Metro North express train to return to the city.’
    • ‘The traffic in and out of normal nodes wouldn't be capable of travelling between two subscribers; there are no inbound routes.’
    • ‘That traffic entering and emerging from Straylands Grove to Malton Road interrupts the inbound bus lane.’
    • ‘I can understand how you would be worried by such a thing except for the fact that to the best of my knowledge planes never take off over Richmond, it's part of the inbound flight path!’
    • ‘Ten inbound long-haul flights, including from the US, Japan, South Africa, India and Japan, were also due to take off.’
    • ‘Delta Airlines said that it expects its first inbound flights from Canada to arrive later today and intends to resume service from European cities tomorrow.’


[with object]Basketball
  • Throw (the ball) from out of bounds, putting it into play.

    ‘Ohio State inbounded the ball against the swarming defenders’
    • ‘The most common event is inbounding the ball, either from the baseline or the sideline.’
    • ‘With 10 seconds to play in OT and the Heat down two, Miami inbounded the ball.’
    • ‘In the end, the Heat inbounded the ball with less than three seconds left, and the score tied.’
    • ‘The Cougars inbounded the ball with two seconds remaining but were unable to get a shot.’
    • ‘You can be content to merely get the ball inbounded safely, or you can plan to score on the play.’