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A passage giving the ocean access to an enclosed lagoon, harbor, or bay. A narrow body of water between islands or leading inland from a larger body of water, often leading to an enclosed body of water, such as a sound, bay, lagoon or marsh. In sea coasts an inlet usually refers to the actual connection between a bay and the ocean and is often called an "entrance" or a recession in the shore of a sea, lake or river.
Garrison, T. 1993. Oceanography, An Invitation to Marine Science. Wadsworth Publishing Co. p. 521.