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[ noun in-set; verb in-set ]


  1. something inserted; insert.
  2. a small picture, map, etc., inserted within the border of a larger one.
  3. the act of setting in.
  4. a piece of cloth or other material set into a garment, usually as an ornamental panel.

verb (used with object)

, in·set, in·set·ting.
  1. to set in or insert, as an inset:

    to inset a panel in a dress.

  2. to insert an inset in:

    to inset a mounting with jewels.



  1. tr to set or place in or within; insert


  1. something inserted
  2. printing
    1. a small map or diagram set within the borders of a larger one
    2. another name for insert
  3. a piece of fabric inserted into a garment, as to shape it or for decoration
  4. a flowing in, as of the tide
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Derived Forms

  • ˈinˌsetter, noun
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Other Words From

  • insetter noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of inset1

before 900; Middle English insetten to insert, Old English insettan to initiate; in- 1, set
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Example Sentences

Then, using a router and a straight cutting bit, route an inset the same depth as the thickness of the metal turning hardware.

There was often an inset of a leering, grinning man holding a cigar observing the event.

Its controls are pretty sparse, with buttons for playback control and voice assistant access, and inset into the oh-so-slightly indented rubber top, making me prefer using my phone to adjust it rather than touching the Roam itself.

From Time

The jewelry—rock crystals inset in silver—was bold but not ostentatious thanks to its antique finish and heirloom quality.

The intricate perforations of the lamp were inset with colored glass, and the result was a subdued and warm illumination.

No helicopters swung their blades above; there were only the bulge of a conning tower and the heavy inset glasses of the lookouts.

She was twisting at an inset handle around which faint lines indicated the door edge.

Jason asked, handing the outcast a flat gold case inset with a single large diamond.

Randall saw that it was lit by squares inset in the walls that glowed with crimson light.


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