[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 inset
One of the men brushed him aside and pulled at the inset handle.Deathworld
As well, I think, have had a portrait of Mr. Mills, with Mr. Boon inset.
At the other end of the arc of the inset he can read the degrees of the angle.Montessori Elementary Materials
A special tool for cutting the inset is desirable but not necessary.The Library of Work and Play: Home Decoration
Charles Franklin Warner
The only parallel to them is to be found in the inset story of Cupid and Psyche.Essays on the Greek Romances
Elizabeth Hazelton Haight
- (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
Word Origin and History for inset
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper