from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An inward flow of air or water
  • n. An opening from the sea into the land; an inlet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An opening from the sea into the land; an inlet.
  • n. A draught of air or flow of water setting inward.


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  • A long and hard tussle it was, I assure you, to fight against the indraught, and to drag my frame through the long hillocky gorge.

    Mary Anerley

  • Gulf-stream, and the places where it would come ashore, and the caves that took the indraught.

    Lorna Doone

  • An explanation should be added of the reason why the cool wind ceases to blow, at the time when the air, heated and raised by a perpendicular sun, might be expected to cause a greater indraught.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • Nevertheless, this opening caused such an indraught of the tide of flood through it, as was very near proving fatal to the Resolution; for as soon as the vessels got into the stream, they were carried towards the reef with great impetuosity.

    Narrative of the Voyages Round The World, Performed by Captain James Cook

  • The wind, with a sudden access of its force, was sucked along the valley by the amazing indraught of the fire, and it raged past him with such violence as to bring him to his knees.

    Despair's Last Journey

  • The wind was continually on the shift and trying to head us, thus causing us to keep the ship away and steer more to the southward; instead of making all the westering we could when leaving the channel, so as to give Cape Ushant, with its erratic currents and treacherous indraught, as wide a berth as possible -- the French coast being a bad lookout under one's lee at any time!

    Crown and Anchor Under the Pen'ant

  • Then, again, when still some miles out from the land, yet another current took charge of her, bringing her within the influence of the strong indraught which runs into the Gulf of Saint Malo; by which, finally, she was wafted, in a circular way, up to "the Caskets," or

    Bob Strong's Holidays Adrift in the Channel

  • This frequent discovery of the Centurion from the shore was somewhat extraordinary, for the pitch of the cape is not high, and she usually kept from ten to fifteen leagues distant, though once, indeed, by an indraught of the tide, as was supposed, they found themselves in the morning within seven leagues of the land.

    Anson's Voyage Round the World The Text Reduced

  • This creates a vacuum, which the surrounding air hastens to fill, causing thus a constant indraught from both the north and south towards the equator; and the fact of the opposing winds meeting at this point produces those very calms which vex us poor mariners.

    The White Squall A Story of the Sargasso Sea

  • At both the southerly and easterly parts of the Strait there are island, among which the sea hath his indraught into the Straits, even as it hath in the main entrance of the frete.

    Sir Francis Drake’s Famous Voyage Round the World


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  • "'But we still have a chance: the wind may back and favour us -- it has often shifted these last hours -- and they have the indraught and the Cavaleria current to contend with.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 249

    February 14, 2008