Definition of inflow in English:



  • 1The movement of liquid or air into a place.

    ‘an inflow of less salty water’
    • ‘A lake can be closed in terms of surface hydrology, but may not be isolated from subsurface inflows and outflows.’
    • ‘Similarly, the river is facing relentless encroachment and severe pollution due to inflow of huge amounts of sewage from the habitations.’
    • ‘Climate change predictions for the North of England suggest winters will become wetter, with more rainfall and greater inflow to estuaries and the sea.’
    • ‘As to the rate of seawater inflow and the effect of wind and waves, there would be immense problems of prediction.’
    • ‘The value of such distant rainfalls is that they do contribute to the flow of the Kunene and the inflow through Ruacana.’
    • ‘Temperature data loggers were deployed near the outflow of each lake to measure the timing and frequency of tidal inflow during high spring tides.’
    • ‘Officials found the inflow into the lake was clean.’
    • ‘When the outflow from these downdraughts finally exceeds the inflow, the storm will dissipate and die.’
    • ‘The lake has no major inflow channel and water supply is maintained through spring water inflow and precipitation.’
    • ‘A limited inflow of blood in a limb with occlusive arterial disease results in a fall in ankle systolic blood pressure during exercise induced peripheral vasodilatation.’
    • ‘The depolarization opens the L-type calcium channels, causing inflow of calcium through the membrane into the cytosol.’
    • ‘When the carbohydrate pool reaches its highest value, the photosynthetic inflow is limited to the outflow of carbohydrates consumed by respiration and growth.’
    • ‘This causes a rapid inspiration but the inflow of air through the larynx into the lungs is blocked by an almost immediate closure of the glottis, meaning that the vocal cords come together.’
    • ‘Nitrogen inflow derived from N uptake and N2 fixation during dt can be calculated from N content.’
    • ‘Successful vascular repair requires adequate inflow, good flow through the conduit and adequate outflow.’
    • ‘Genes were introduced into embryogenic calli with the particle inflow gun.’
    • ‘‘If the outflow from the Arctic decreases, then so may the inflow towards the Arctic,’ said Ms Hughes.’
    inflow, inrush, flood, inundation
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    1. 1.1The movement of a large number of people or things or a large amount of money into a place.
      ‘enormous inflows of foreign investment’
      [mass noun] ‘the inflow of migrant workers’
      • ‘New inflows will join large numbers of long-staying refugees, many stranded for over a decade.’
      • ‘This is partly because, when you put the two together, Britain has more incomers than outgoers, and thus a net inflow of population.’
      • ‘It may well be that a slowing down of capital inflows to the US will be the catalyst this time.’
      • ‘Without an inflow of young migrants, the British labour market would become tighter, leading companies to relocate overseas.’
      • ‘However, this can only be achieved through capital inflows into the real sector and a high-level of export volume.’
      • ‘Net inflow into life assurance and pension funds rose by just 7% last year and this year has got off to a very wobbly start.’
      • ‘Managing the rupee by controlling capital inflows requires targeting portfolio flows.’
      • ‘America needs capital inflows to offset its widening trade gap and to fund the gap between government spending and taxes.’
      • ‘Italy, to take one example, is estimated to require an inflow of at least 200,000 people a year just to keep its workforce steady.’
      • ‘As Europe's population ages, an inflow of immigrants is likely to be an economic plus.’
      • ‘This would be done through increasing the inflow of resources to support development programmes.’
      • ‘Capital inflows are up, and the relatively small stock market has boomed.’
      • ‘The inflow of people with disposable incomes could cause Bradford to remodel itself as an integrated living and leisure city with a sound economic basis.’
      • ‘Asylum seekers have also made up a substantial chunk of the numbers coming to Britain during the 1990s, comprising between a sixth and a third of annual inflows.’
      • ‘There has always been an inflow and outflow to and from this country and the benefits are incalculable.’
      • ‘At the centre of the row is the State Reserves Bureau, which regulates the inflows and outflows of raw materials.’
      • ‘The total £1bn outflow is £200m less than the established inflows.’
      • ‘Net capital inflows to the US have been positive in every quarter since the start of 1996, representing a genuine demand for US assets that would resume on a growth recovery.’
      • ‘The broker believes ‘a negative mix shift of assets, along with poor retail net inflows, will continue to put pressure on margins’.’
      • ‘But such a massive inflow would create problems for Australia's multicultural policy.’
      infiltration, entry, inflow, spread, spreading, diffusion, percolation, filtering, seepage, soaking, soakage
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