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Definition progress toward achieving a goal

Much more rarely inroad is used in the singular form to reference an invasion or hostile attack.
  • Our new product has made inroads into the Chinese market.
  • The researchers have made major inroads into solving the questions surrounding the cause of the disease.
  • It's the faithful record of this inconceivable expedition into an element now beyond human reach, but where progress will someday make great inroads.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • But even in their failures they made inroads into understanding the manipulation of space/time.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • But if we keep making inroads into the city, we might find a pretty who wants out.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • They make an inroad into Finn's country, and a battle takes place in which many warriors, among them Hnaef and a son of Finn, are killed.
    Unknown  --  Beowulf
  • With his firm health, and the little inroad that age has made upon him, fifteen years or twenty—yes, or perhaps five-and-twenty!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Chinese women are also making inroads in fields that were once overwhelmingly male.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • I learnt so much from himself in an inroad I once, despite his reserve, had the daring to make on his confidence.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • When he ascended the throne his country was in a deplorable condition from the repeated inroads of northern invaders.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • The havoc that months had previously wrought was now emulated by the inroads of hours.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Jack drank gratefully, feeling the gin hit and crumble away the first inroads of sobriety.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Whites had only made such inroads because the Reds could never unite under one leader.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • Ay, Montcalm has raked the woods for his inroad, and a whooping, murdering set of varlets has he gathered together.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Black inroads and patches on the slopes showed where a few days back all bad been white.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • She had made no advance, no inroads at all.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • "I know that," I said, seizing this inroad.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Allan Wall, the teacher, said that living in Mexico had given him a different perspective on the inroads of Spanish in America.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • It was an inroad, minor but vital, and perhaps not so minor.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • We had begun to make inroads against these people.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War

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