• WordNet 3.6
    • n inroad an encroachment or intrusion "they made inroads in the United States market"
    • n inroad an invasion or hostile attack
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Inroad ĭn"rōd` The entrance of an enemy into a country with purposes of hostility; a sudden or desultory incursion or invasion; raid; encroachment. "The loss of Shrewsbury exposed all North Wales to the daily inroads of the enemy.""With perpetual inroads to alarm,
      Though inaccessible, his fatal throne."
    • v. t Inroad ĭn*rōd" To make an inroad into; to invade. "The Saracens . . . conquered Spain, inroaded Aquitaine."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inroad A predatory or hostile incursion; a raid by public enemies; a temporary or desultory invasion.
    • n inroad Forcible entrance; powerful or sudden influx or incursion; forcible or insidious encroachment.
    • inroad To make an inroad into; invade.
    • inroad To make an inroad; encroach; depredate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Inroad in′rōd an incursion into an enemy's country: a sudden invasion: attack: encroachment.
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In literature:

No remedy possesses equal powers in protecting internal organs from the dangerous inroad of this disease.
"Apis Mellifica" by C. W. Wolf
The excitement of yesterday makes inroads on thy mind.
"Saronia" by Richard Short
Then what would be the security against a new inroad of the exterminated vice?
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
Each nation complained that the borderers of the other made inroads over the frontier.
"Pyrrhus" by Jacob Abbott
As a further precaution against the inroads of absolutism, no lawyer was allowed to be a deputy to the junta and all clergy were likewise excluded.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
His most destructive wars were rather inroads than conquests.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
We see them perverted or suspended by the sudden inroad of disease.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
It must have made an inroad even in his large fortune.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905" by Various
This change and desecration, this inroad of modernness, merely completes its eternity.
"The Spirit of Rome" by Vernon Lee
Much troubled and opposed by the Sandal-wooders, he had yet acquired the language and was making progress by inroads on Heathenism.
"The Story of John G. Paton" by James Paton

In poetry:

Yet the strength of its nature
To Earth's exhausting avarice,
To Air's destructive inroads,
An antidote opposed.
"To My Friend - Ode I" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In news:

Renewed Republican control of the House has moved into view as Election Day's initial returns show Democrats failing to make inroads into the GOP's current majority in the chamber.
Islam 's inroads in Haiti, land of Voodoo and Christianity.
Since then, Embraer has made equally significant inroads as a designer and manufacturer of regional jets .
Brazilian firm Embraer made significant inroads as a designer and manufacturer of regional jets .
A slew of assassinations of Afghan officials has the US and the Afghan government on edge about Taliban inroads, particularly in the south, where the assassinations have been concentrated.
How does an American-based company make deeper inroads in China after it has already introduced some of its popular, long-established brands.
American-style EDM makes inroads at Sonar and in Ibiza.
MAKING INROADS The new bike lane on Commonwealth Avenue.
NAACP worry of GOP inroads to blacks misplaced .
(AP) — In his bid to take Nevada, Mitt Romney made inroads among several voting groups that had been solidly behind President Barack Obama.
Gas and Oil Industry Making Inroads in Austin, a Haven for Clean Energy Jobs.
Women are slowly making inroads in the gender pay gap.
The Pathway Home Makes Inroads in Treating PTSD.
Precast highway pavement is making inroads around the country.
Today's Politico article says that the GOP has made huge inroads into seats thought to be safe including the seat currently held by Charles Wilson and the seat held by Marcy Kaptur from Toledo.

In science:

These two directions present opportunities for the HCI community to make inroads to recommender systems research which needs such expertise.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
The use of SOMs has made considerable inroads in the meteorology community with regard to developing synoptic weather states to describe the collection of available weather patterns across a region.
Interpreting self-organizing maps through space--time data models
Therefore, during the next several years we can be hopeful that direct detection experiments will improve to make meaningful inroads to the supersymmetric dark matter parameter space.
Theoretical Aspects of Dark Matter Detection
These notions can be seen as dualizations of notions from model theory and they offer inroads to the study of compact Hausdorff spaces by algebraic, and in particular lattice-theoretic, means.
A concrete co-existential map that is not confluent
Cameron et al. 2008; Hanasoge 2008) and ray (Moradi & Cally 2008) propagation in magnetized atmospheres have been developed and are beginning to make inroads into this problem.
Numerical Models of Travel-Time Inhomogeneities in Sunspots