[verb em-bed; noun em-bed]
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verb (used with object), em·bed·ded, em·bed·ding.
  1. to fix into a surrounding mass: to embed stones in cement.
  2. to surround tightly or firmly; envelop or enclose: Thick cotton padding embedded the precious vase in its box.
  3. to incorporate or contain as an essential part or characteristic: A love of color is embedded in all of her paintings.
  4. 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.
  5. Mathematics. to map a set into another set.
  6. Grammar. to insert (a construction, as a phrase or clause) into a larger construction, as a clause or sentence.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
verb (used without object), em·bed·ded, em·bed·ding.
  1. to be or become fixed or incorporated, as into a surrounding mass: Glass embeds in the soft tar of the road.
  1. a journalist who is embedded with a military unit or a political campaign.
  2. a period of time during which a journalist is embedded.
Also imbed.

Origin of embed

First recorded in 1770–80; em-1 + bed
Related formsem·bed·ment, noun
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Examples from the Web for embedded

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Historical Examples of embedded

  • Have you noticed at what season in either case the plants must be embedded?

  • What is there to say, except that it fell with high velocity and embedded in the tree?

  • 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

    Frank Froest

  • Several feet on, there was another flash of embedded crystals.

    Storm Over Warlock

    Andre Norton

British Dictionary definitions for embedded



verb -beds, -bedding or -bedded
  1. (usually foll by in) to fix or become fixed firmly and deeply in a surrounding solid massto embed a nail in wood
  2. (tr) to surround closelyhard rock embeds the roots
  3. (tr) to fix or retain (a thought, idea, etc) in the mind
  4. (often foll by with) to assign a journalist or be assigned as one to accompany an active military unit
  5. (tr) grammar to insert (a subordinate clause) into a sentence
noun (ˈɪmbɛd)
  1. a journalist accompanying an active military unit
Derived Formsembedment, noun
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Word Origin and History for embedded



1778, from em- + bed (n.). Originally a geological term, in reference to fossils in rock; figurative sense is from 1835; meaning "place a journalist within a military unit at war" is 2003. Related: Embedded; embedding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper