[noun in-set; verb in-set]


verb (used with object), in·set, in·set·ting.

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.

Nearby words

  1. insertion element,
  2. insertion sequence,
  3. insertional mutagenesis,
  4. inservice,
  5. insessorial,
  6. inset initial,
  7. inseverable,
  8. inshallah,
  9. insheathe,
  10. inshore

Origin of inset

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

Related formsin·set·ter, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for insets


verb (ɪnˈsɛt) -sets, -setting or -set

(tr) to set or place in or within; insert

noun (ˈɪnˌsɛt)

something inserted
  1. a small map or diagram set within the borders of a larger one
  2. 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
Derived Formsinsetter, noun

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Word Origin and History for insets



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper