gus·​set | \ ˈgə-sət How to pronounce gusset (audio) \

Definition of gusset

1 : a usually diamond-shaped or triangular insert in a seam (as of a sleeve, pocketbook, or shoe upper) to provide expansion or reinforcement
2 : a plate or bracket for strengthening an angle in framework (as in a building or bridge)

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Always be careful to look for a gusset in any fitted bottom garment and buy in the right size to avoid camel toe discomfort. Casey Johnston, SELF, "Ask a Swole Woman: What Are the Best Pants for Lifting Weights?," 13 Dec. 2018 Even the brands that have tried their hand at active underwear tend to include cotton gussets in their designs, which are, to spare you the details, simply unsanitary. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Quo’s Active Underwear Is So Genius, You’ll Wonder How You Lived Without It," 24 Aug. 2018 Attach each gusset to the legs with glue and No. 6 x 2 ½- inch wood screws. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "6 Simple Projects You Can Make From Scrap Wood," 21 Mar. 2018 Yeung’s solution was to make traditional panties optional by building a thong directly into the gusset of premium leggings using patent pending Freeluxe technology., "25 ways to chase your perfect Bay Area summer," 11 July 2018 The company also produces flexible pouches, spouts, and stand-up bottom gusset pouches, with features such as clear windows and zip-tops. Julia Preszler,, "Openings, closings, and more in the south suburbs," 11 May 2018 The Deployment also has excellent range of motion—neck and neck with the Patagonia Nano Air Light, thanks to ample stretchy gussets under the armpits. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "Tested: The Best Versatile Midlayers," 25 Apr. 2018 Fasten plywood gussets to each side of every truss with carpenter's glue and 1-in. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Shed, Colonial-Style," 19 Apr. 2017 Instead, those Velcro straps are replaced by a reverse stitched gusset wrap that allows for better comfort and easier use when putting on, or taking off, the gloves., "PHOTOS: How G-lovely! Nike Unveil Revolutionary Gloves Ahead of 2018 World Cup," 10 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of gusset

circa 1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gusset

Middle English, piece of armor covering the joints in a suit of armor, from Anglo-French goussete

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The first known use of gusset was circa 1570

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English Language Learners Definition of gusset

: a piece of cloth usually in the shape of a triangle that is sewn into something (such as the underneath part of a sleeve) to make it wider or stronger

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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