(used to indicate inclusion within space, a place, or limits):
walking in the park.
(used to indicate inclusion within something abstract or immaterial):
in politics; in the autumn.
(used to indicate inclusion within or occurrence during a period or limit of time):
in ancient times; a task done in ten minutes.
(used to indicate limitation or qualification, as of situation, condition, relation, manner, action, etc.):
to speak in a whisper; to be similar in appearance.
(used to indicate means):
sketched in ink; spoken in French.
(used to indicate motion or direction from outside to a point within) :
Let’s go in the house.
(used to indicate transition from one state to another):
to break in half.
(used to indicate object or purpose):
speaking in honor of the event.
in or into some place, position, state, relation, etc.:
Please come in.
on the inside; within.
in one’s house or office.
in office or power.
in possession or occupancy.
having the turn to play, as in a game.
Baseball. (of an infielder or outfielder) in a position closer to home plate than usual; short:
The third baseman played in, expecting a bunt.
on good terms; in favor:
He’s in with his boss, but he doubts it will last.
in vogue; in style:
He says straw hats will be in this year.
Watermelons will soon be in.
located or situated within; inner; internal:
the in part of a mechanism.
well-liked; included in a favored group.
inward; incoming; inbound:
an in train.
being in power, authority, control, etc.:
a member of the in party.
playing the last nine holes of an eighteen-hole golf course (opposed to ):
His in score on the second round was 34.
Usually, ins. persons in office or political power (distinguished from ).
a member of the political party in power:
The election made him an in.
pull or influence; a social advantage or connection:
He’s got an in with the senator.
(in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) a return or service that lands within the in-bounds limits of a court or section of a court (opposed to ).
verb (used with object), inned, inning. British Dialect.
be in for, to be bound to undergo something, especially a disagreeable experience:
We are in for a long speech.
in for it, Slang. about to suffer chastisement or unpleasant consequences, especially of one’s own actions or omissions:
I forgot our anniversary again, and I’ll be in for it now.
Also, British, for it.
in that, because; inasmuch as:
In that you won’t have time for supper, let me give you something now.
in with, on friendly terms with; familiar or associating with:
They are in with all the important people.
inside; within: no smoking in the auditorium
at a place where there is: lying in the shade, walking in the rain
indicating a state, situation, or condition: in a deep sleep, standing in silence
before or when (a period of time) has elapsed: come back in one year
using (a language, etc) as a means of communication: written in code
concerned or involved with, esp as an occupation: in journalism
expressing a ratio, proportion, or probability: one in five boys
while or by performing the action of; as a consequence of or by means of: in crossing the street he was run over
used to indicate goal or purpose: in honour of the president
(used of certain animals) about to give birth to; pregnant with (specified offspring): in foal, in calf
a variant of into she fell in the water, he tore the paper in two
(often foll by an infinitive) have it in one, to have the ability (to do something)
(Austral, informal) in it, joining in; taking part
(conjunction) in that, in so far as, because or to the extent that; inasmuch as: I regret my remark in that it upset you
nothing in it, no difference or interval between two things
in or into a particular place; inward or indoors: come in, bring him in
so as to achieve office, power, or authority: the Conservatives got in at the last election
so as to enclose: block in, cover in a hole
(in certain games) so as to take one’s turn or one’s team’s turn at a certain aspect of the play; taking one’s innings: you have to get the other side out before you go in
(Brit) (of a fire) alight: do you keep the fire in all night?
(in combination) indicating an activity or gathering, esp one organized to protest against something: teach-in, work-in
in at, present at (the beginning, end, etc)
in between, between
in for, about to be affected by (something, esp something unpleasant): you’re in for a shock
in on, acquainted with or sharing in: I was in on all his plans
in with, associated with; friendly with; regarded highly by
(informal) have it in for, have got it in for, to wish or intend harm towards
(stressed) fashionable; modish: the in thing to do
(NZ) competing: you’ve got to be in to win
ins and outs, intricacies or complications; details: the ins and outs of a computer system
Old English in (prep.) “in, into, upon, on, at, among; about, during;” inne (adv.) “within, inside,” from Proto-Germanic *in (cf. Old Frisian, Dutch, German, Gothic in, Old Norse i), from PIE *en “in” (cf. Greek en, Latin in “in, into,” Old Irish in, Welsh yn-, Old Church Slavonic on-). As an adjective from 1590s.
The forms merged in Middle English. Modern sense distinction between in and on is from later Middle English. Sense of “holding power” (the in party) first recorded c.1600; that of “exclusive” (the in-crowd, an in-joke) is from 1907 (in-group); that of “stylish, fashionable” (the in thing) is from 1960. The noun sense of “influence, access” (have an in with) first recorded 1929 in American English. In-and-out “copulation” is attested from 1610s.
The symbol for the element indium.
The symbol for indium.
get in, have it in for someone
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noun, Mathematics. 1. an automorphism that maps an element x into an element of the form axa −1 where a −1 is the inverse of a.
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