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inland

Inland means far away from the ocean, or in the very middle of a country. If you were born and grew up in Kansas, you're familiar with inland living.

The opposite of inland is coastal. When you travel to the rocky coast of Maine or the soft sandy beaches of Florida, you're far from being inland — you return to your inland home town when you fly back to Gary, Indiana. Inland comes from the Old English inn lond, "land around the mansion of an estate," and it began to mean "land far from the coast" in the 16th century.

Definitions of inland
  1. adjective
    situated away from an area's coast or border
    Synonyms:
    interior, midland, upcountry
    of or coming from the middle of a region or country
    landlocked
    surrounded entirely or almost entirely by land
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    Antonyms:
    coastal
    located on or near or bordering on a coast
    coastwise
    along or following a coast
    inshore
    close to a shore
    maritime
    bordering on or living or characteristic of those near the sea
    seaward
    directed or situated away from inland regions and toward the sea or coast
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  2. adverb
    towards or into the interior of a region
    “the town is five miles inland
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