- The definition of inroad is a raid or a step forward.
- An example of an inroad is when you feel as if you are finally making progress with your mother-in-law who doesn't like you and that you are getting her to warm up to you a bit.
- An example ofan inroad is when a military group successfully seizes a fort that belonged to its opposition through a violent attack.
- a sudden invasion or raid
- any advance; esp., an intrusion or encroachment: usually used in pl.
Origin of inroadin- + road (in obsolete sense of “riding”)
- An advance, especially at another's expense; an encroachment: “She had made few inroads in convincing the committee to explore the issue without prejudice” (Mary V. Dearborn).
- A reduction or diminishment, especially by encroachment: “The inroads on free time made by television and computers have also badly affected the vitality of civil society” (Kenneth Minogue).
- A hostile invasion; a raid.
Origin of inroadin1 + road, riding, raid (obsolete).
(third-person singular simple present inroads, present participle inroading, simple past and past participle inroaded)
- (obsolete) To make an inroad into; to invade.
- The Saracens […] conquered Spain, inroaded Aquitaine. — Fuller.