In In, adv. 1. Not out; within; inside. In, the preposition, becomes an adverb by omission of its object, leaving it as the representative of an adverbial phrase, the context indicating what the omitted object is; as, he takes in the situation (i. e., he comprehends it in his mind); the Republicans were in (i. e., in office); in at one ear and out at the other (i. e., in or into the head); his side was in (i. e., in the turn at the bat); he came in (i. e., into the house). [1913 Webster]

Their vacation . . . falls in so pat with ours. --Lamb. [1913 Webster]

Note: The sails of a vessel are said, in nautical language, to be in when they are furled, or when stowed. In certain cases in has an adjectival sense; as, the in train (i. e., the incoming train); compare up grade, down grade, undertow, afterthought, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) With privilege or possession; -- used to denote a holding, possession, or seisin; as, in by descent; in by purchase; in of the seisin of her husband. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]

{In and in breeding}. See under {Breeding}.

{In and out} (Naut.), through and through; -- said of a through bolt in a ship's side. --Knight.

{To be in}, to be at home; as, Mrs. A. is in.

{To come in}. See under {Come}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • In — In, prep. [AS. in; akin to D. & G. in, Icel. [=i], Sw. & Dan. i, OIr. & L. in, Gr. en. [root]197. Cf. 1st {In }, {Inn}.] The specific signification of in is situation or place with respect to surrounding, environment, encompassment, etc. It is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • In- — ([i^]n ). [See {In}, prep. Cf. {Em }, {En }.] A prefix from Eng. prep. in, also from Lat. prep. in, meaning in, into, on, among; as, inbred, inborn, inroad; incline, inject, intrude. In words from the Latin, in regularly becomes il before l, ir… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • IN — or in may stand for:* The ISO 3166 1 country code for India. * Indiana (United States postal abbreviations) * The IATA code for Macedonian Airlines * Indium (In) symbol for the chemical element * Intelligent network a telecommunications… …   Wikipedia

  • In- — ([i^]n ). [L. in ; akin to E. un . See {Un }.] An inseparable prefix, or particle, meaning not, non , un as, inactive, incapable, inapt. In regularly becomes il before l, ir before r, and im before a labial. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • In — ([i^]n), v. t. To inclose; to take in; to harvest. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] He that ears my land spares my team and gives me leave to in the crop. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • In — In, n. Note: [Usually in the plural.] 1. One who is in office; the opposite of {out}. [1913 Webster] 2. A re[ e]ntrant angle; a nook or corner. [1913 Webster] {Ins and outs}, (a) nooks and corners; twists and turns. (b) the peculiarities or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • -in — A suffix. See the Note under { ine}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • in — I. preposition Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German in in, Latin in, Greek en Date: before 12th century 1. a. used as a function word to indicate inclusion, location, or position within limits < in the lake > <… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • .in — Infobox Top level domain background=#CCF introduced=1989 type=Country code top level domain status=Active registry=INRegistry sponsor=National Internet Exchange of India intendeduse=Entities connected with India actualuse=Was… …   Wikipedia

  • IN — *  Particule qui entre, avec deux sens différents, dans la composition de beaucoup de mots : 1° comme Elle a le premier sens dans les mots Imbu, incorporer, induire, importer, etc.   Elle conserve ce même sens, avec la prononciation latine ou… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

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