[verb em-bed; noun em-bed]
- to fix into a surrounding mass: to embed stones in cement.
- to surround tightly or firmly; envelop or enclose: Thick cotton padding embedded the precious vase in its box.
- to incorporate or contain as an essential part or characteristic: A love of color is embedded in all of her paintings.
- Histology. to infiltrate (a biological tissue) with molten paraffin or other plastic material that later solidifies, enabling the preparation to be sliced very thin for viewing under a microscope.
- Mathematics. to map a set into another set.
- Grammar. to insert (a construction, as a phrase or clause) into a larger construction, as a clause or sentence.
- to assign (a journalist) to travel with a military unit or a political campaign: The photojournalists were embedded in Afghanistan with U.S. troops. We've embedded a reporter with each of the presidential candidates.
- Digital Technology. to place (text, images, sound, or computer code) in a computer file, HTML document, software program, or electronic device: how to embed videos on your website; embedded software in cars and airplanes.
- to be or become fixed or incorporated, as into a surrounding mass: Glass embeds in the soft tar of the road.
- a journalist who is embedded with a military unit or a political campaign.
- a period of time during which a journalist is embedded.
Origin of embed
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Examples from the Web for embed
Certain industries are in a unique position to embed these principles into their core business activities.How Your Company Can End Violence Against Girls
October 9, 2014
The challenge is to embed the “cultural expectation” of a service year.It’s Time for Obama to Heed McChrystal’s Call for the ‘Service Year’
June 23, 2014
Since 1998, the G7 had been widened to include Russia—part of a broader effort to embed Russia in a stable international order.The West Can Ally Against Russia But It Needs Global Cooperation
March 26, 2014
I really wish I could embed this here, but alas, not all things work out.All the Eye-Witnessed Meteorites Since 861 AD
May 9, 2013
I'll embed a neat image of the breakdown below so it's perfectly clear.Mitch Daniels on the 47%
December 4, 2012
They soak this material very thoroughly, embed the roots in it, and outside this material they apply some water-proof covering.Northern Nut Growers Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-First Annual Meeting
Northern Nut Growers Association
Insert the glass eye edgewise through the opening, turn it in position and embed it in the clay.Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting
William T. Hornaday
Often a whining bullet grazes us; but most of them fly above us right across the hollow, to embed themselves in the further side.'Neath Verdun, August-October, 1914
Still another development was to embed the antenna wires in the wings of the plane.Inventions of the Great War
A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
The pea did not embed itself deeply into the gardener's skull as William had sometimes thought it would.More William
- (usually foll by in) to fix or become fixed firmly and deeply in a surrounding solid massto embed a nail in wood
- (tr) to surround closelyhard rock embeds the roots
- (tr) to fix or retain (a thought, idea, etc) in the mind
- (often foll by with) to assign a journalist or be assigned as one to accompany an active military unit
- (tr) grammar to insert (a subordinate clause) into a sentence
- a journalist accompanying an active military unit
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Word Origin and History for embed
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