em·​bed·​ded | \ im-ˈbe-dəd How to pronounce embedded (audio) \

Definition of embedded

1 : occurring as a grammatical constituent (such as a verb phrase or clause) within a like constituent
2 : enclosed closely in or as if in a matrix : set firmly into a mass or material Every nuclear sample has a host of distinctive attributes, including the exact mix of impurities, the ratio of different radioactive isotopes, even embedded carbon compounds that indicate the sample's age.Discover
3 : attached to a military unit or group for some purpose (such as covering a conflict or providing expert advice) an embedded journalist embedded military advisors

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embedding \ -​diŋ How to pronounce embedding (audio) \ noun

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Becoming an embedded part of the social fabric — that’s going to require a different approach. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How a new class of “digital martyrs” are manipulating social networks," 18 Sep. 2018 Rain showers and perhaps a little embedded thunder are likely as a warm front slowly lifts north through the region. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Rain may soak Washington on Friday and then mess with another weekend," 21 June 2018 The department said the components would have incurred those expenses even if the special counsel didn’t exist -- an indication of how embedded investigative activities are within the department. Chris Strohm, Bloomberg.com, "Mueller Runs Up $16 Million Tab in Trump-Russia Investigation," 31 May 2018 On the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, Chen said the company has happily pivoted to helping enterprise companies secure their devices and creating technology for embedded cars. Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘Somebody should make’ a new BlackBerry-like phone, says BlackBerry CEO John Chen," 16 Apr. 2018 Gone is the obvious wink-to-camera cheese that made the original '60s show such an embedded piece of the American TV zeitgeist. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Lost in Space Netflix review: Danger, Will Robinson (and fans of rational plots)," 13 Apr. 2018 But the system’s descent into chronic unreliability has become so embedded in the psyches of riders that many are overcompensating, adding extra time to their trips. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "The Subway Is So Late, It’s Making New Yorkers Early," 6 Apr. 2018 Even without an embedded swimming pool, the Loba House intrigues, offering direct access to the waters, and facing a sea lion reserve. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "This concrete cliff house is the definition of brutal," 3 Apr. 2018 Greenwood’s design is a blend of rustic (in its wooden walls and ceilings) and contemporary (in the main dining room’s polished stone walls with embedded mirrors, and in its tables and seats). Donald Liebenson, Lake County News-Sun, "Greenwood in Highwood: Suburban hang with a city vibe," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of embedded

1961, in the meaning defined above

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to take the place or position of

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