[noun in-set; verb in-set]
- something inserted; insert.
- a small picture, map, etc., inserted within the border of a larger one.
- the act of setting in.
- a piece of cloth or other material set into a garment, usually as an ornamental panel.
- to set in or insert, as an inset: to inset a panel in a dress.
- to insert an inset in: to inset a mounting with jewels.
Origin of inset
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Examples from the Web for insets
The insets are held by the buttons and taken from their places.Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook
The circle is filled in with a red pencil, the square with blue (insets).Montessori Elementary Materials
The insets which we present simply call the attention to a given form.The Montessori Method
An important item of the same change is to be found in the management of the insets, or some of them.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1
He then began to turn to the cylinders and the insets, the simpler objects, and showed interest in every part of the system.Spontaneous Activity in Education
- (tr) to set or place in or within; insert
- something inserted
- a small map or diagram set within the borders of a larger one
- another name for insert (def. 4)
- a piece of fabric inserted into a garment, as to shape it or for decoration
- a flowing in, as of the tide
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Word Origin and History for insets
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