embedded

adjective
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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Other Words from embedded

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

Examples of embedded in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a pretty clear delineation between the lot who’ve just joined CRDT a few short weeks ago, and those who’ve been a more embedded part of the three-year process bringing this work to life. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, "Cerqua Rivera Dance’s ‘Catracho’ is a personal, timely immigration story," 28 Sep. 2019 The bones bear scratches and an embedded tooth that appear to be from a scavenger, most likely a relative of Velociraptor. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "New 'frozen dragon' pterosaur found hiding in plain sight," 10 Sep. 2019 Nielsen has spent years tinkering with the technology to achieve this, where viewership is counted through a portable device that picks up embedded audio signals. David Bauder, chicagotribune.com, "Nielsen says it will include out-of-home viewing soon," 11 Sep. 2019 Whichever opponent handles the ball most will find Richardson embedded deep in their personal space. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 Nielsen has spent years tinkering with the technology to achieve this, where viewership is counted through a portable device that picks up embedded audio signals. Washington Post, "Nielsen says it will include out-of-home viewing soon," 10 Sep. 2019 What should be at the top of this list is distracted driving due to wireless devices that have become so embedded in our lives. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Can the Denver City Council clear the air? (8/18/19)," 18 Aug. 2019 Although the company has moved away from its high-profile Out on the Edge Festival, Francis says that work has just become more embedded in communities rather than traditional theater spaces. Terry Byrne, BostonGlobe.com, "A spotlight on change in local theater scene," 7 Aug. 2019 The embedded ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the screen's brightness so you won't be blinded by a harsh square of light in the middle of the night. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Lenovo Smart Clock review: A small smart display that doesn’t display much," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of embedded

1961, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of embedded was in 1961

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27 Jan 2020

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“Embedded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embedded. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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