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built-in

[bilt-in] /ˈbɪltˌɪn/
adjective
1.
built so as to be an integral and permanent part of a larger construction:
The wall has a built-in bookcase.
2.
existing as a natural or characteristic part of something; inherent:
a built-in contempt for daydreaming.
noun
3.
a built-in piece of furniture or appliance.
4.
an additional feature or capability, as of a machine or a service:
a car with power steering, power brakes, and other built-ins.
Origin of built-in
1895-1900
First recorded in 1895-1900
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  • There was a built-in order to return, after the lapse of a certain time period.

    Watchbird Robert Sheckley
  • This suit's got a built-in recorder, I might as well use it.

    Accidental Death Peter Baily
  • A bath, faintly scented, in a built-in tub in her own marble bathroom.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • He shifted uneasily on the built-in seat, and got a splinter in a vital spot.

  • Unerringly, the axis of the built-in antenna pointed to the houseboat.

British Dictionary definitions for built-in

built-in

adjective
1.
made or incorporated as an integral part: a built-in cupboard, a built-in escape clause
2.
essential; inherent
noun
3.
(Austral) a built-in cupboard or wardrobe
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