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inset

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

before 900; Middle English insetten to insert, Old English insettan to initiate; see in-1, set
Related formsin·set·ter, noun
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Examples from the Web for insets

Historical Examples

  • The insets are held by the buttons and taken from their places.

    Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook

    Maria Montessori

  • The circle is filled in with a red pencil, the square with blue (insets).

  • The insets which we present simply call the attention to a given form.

    The Montessori Method

    Maria Montessori

  • An important item of the same change is to be found in the management of the insets, or some of them.

  • He then began to turn to the cylinders and the insets, the simpler objects, and showed interest in every part of the system.


British Dictionary definitions for insets

inset

verb (ɪnˈsɛt) -sets, -setting or -set
  1. (tr) to set or place in or within; insert
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noun (ˈɪnˌsɛt)
  1. something inserted
  2. printing
    1. a small map or diagram set within the borders of a larger one
    2. another name for insert (def. 4)
  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 Formsinsetter, noun
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Word Origin and History for insets

inset

n.

1550s, "influx of water, place where water flows in," from in + set (n.2). Meaning "extra pages of a book, etc." is from 1875; that of "small map in the border of a larger one" is from 1881.

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