inroad


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in·road

 (ĭn′rōd′)
n.
1. An advance, especially at another's expense; an encroachment: "She had made few inroads in convincing the committee to explore the issue without prejudice" (Mary V. Dearborn).
2. A reduction or diminishment, especially by encroachment: "The inroads on free time made by television and computers have also badly affected the vitality of civil society" (Kenneth Minogue).
3. A hostile invasion; a raid.

[in + road, riding, raid (obsolete).]

inroad

(ˈɪnˌrəʊd)
n
1. an invasion or hostile attack; raid or incursion
2. an encroachment or intrusion

in•road

(ˈɪnˌroʊd)

n.
1. an advance, usu. beyond proper or established limits: Inflation is making inroads on our savings.
2. a sudden hostile incursion; raid; foray.
[1540–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inroad - an encroachment or intrusion; "they made inroads in the United States market"
usurpation, encroachment, trespass, violation, intrusion - entry to another's property without right or permission
2.inroad - an invasion or hostile attack
invasion - the act of invading; the act of an army that invades for conquest or plunder

inroad

noun
make inroads upon or into something make advances into, make forays into, make raids on, make encroachments into TV has made great inroads into cinema.

inroad

noun
An act of invading, especially by military forces:
Translations

inroad

n
(Mil) → Einfall m (→ into in +acc)
(fig) the Japanese are making inroads into the British marketdie Japaner dringen in den britischen Markt ein; these expenses are making great inroads into my bank accountdiese Ausgaben greifen mein Bankkonto stark an
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With his firm health, and the little inroad that age has made upon him, fifteen years or twenty--yes, or perhaps five-and-twenty
A dollar sixty-five a day was simply not enough to feed them, and there was no use trying; and so each week they made an inroad upon the pitiful little bank account that Ona had begun.
I learnt so much from himself in an inroad I once, despite his reserve, had the daring to make on his confidence.
During Silas's absence in the daytime the door had been locked, and there had been no marks of any inroad on his return by daylight.
Mean while upon the firm opacous Globe Of this round World, whose first convex divides The luminous inferior Orbs, enclos'd From CHAOS and th' inroad of Darkness old, SATAN alighted walks: a Globe farr off It seem'd, now seems a boundless Continent Dark, waste, and wild, under the frown of Night Starless expos'd, and ever-threatning storms Of CHAOS blustring round, inclement skie; Save on that side which from the wall of Heav'n Though distant farr som small reflection gaines Of glimmering air less vext with tempest loud: Here walk'd the Fiend at large in spacious field.
He had suffered severely in his family during the recent war, having had every soul to whom he was allied cut off by an inroad of the enemy; and when the last lingering remnant of his nation extinguished their fires, among the hills of the Delaware, he alone had remained, with a determination of laying his hones in that country where his fathers had so long lived and governed.
Monk surprised this flash, and immediately extinguished it by one of those silent smiles which always caused his interlocutors to know they had made no inroad on his mind.
The rude melody, the production of a bard who won no name, was descriptive of a winter evening in a frontier cottage, when, secured from savage inroad by the high-piled snow-drifts, the family rejoiced by their own fireside.
They were animals, then, and not natives, who had made the inroad, for surely the latter would have left nothing behind.
He told Ada, in his most ingenuous way, that he had not come to make any secret inroad on the terms she had accepted (rather too implicitly and confidingly, he thought) from Mr.
If any one had done the dwelling-house of Caleb Plummer the honour to miss it after such an inroad, it would have been, no doubt, to commend its demolition as a vast improvement.
This inroad of the Fire People on the carrot-patch was the beginning of the end, though we did not know it.