[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 embedded
In doing so, he implied the obsolescence of that most embedded of British watering holes, the pub.Beer Countries vs. Wine Countries
December 7, 2014
I just felt myself getting better and better, stronger and stronger as a filmmaker, and that is sort of embedded in the movies.‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth
December 4, 2014
Race is also embedded in the whole set of presumptions about the 47 percent and the “moocher class.”Why You Can’t Tell the Truth About Race
November 3, 2014
During the Iraq War, she was embedded with a unit of fighters and broadcast live from the frontlines.King Felipe and Queen Letizia Kiss As They Formally Take Power In Spain
June 19, 2014
It conflates sex and gender, saying “male and female” are “embedded in the biology of the human race.”Southern Baptist Convention: Trans People Don’t Exist
June 12, 2014
Have you noticed at what season in either case the plants must be embedded?The Economist
What is there to say, except that it fell with high velocity and embedded in the tree?The Book of the Damned
Wherever someone had found a suitable spot, there he had embedded his poles.The Best Made Plans
Everett B. Cole
The track of the previous car was embedded plain on the soft earth.The Grell Mystery
Several feet on, there was another flash of embedded crystals.Storm Over Warlock
- (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 embedded
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