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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Other Words from gusset

gusset transitive verb

Examples of gusset in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There's a cotton gusset for a more comfortable feel. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 3 May 2022 And if that’s not enough to win you over, consider this pair’s UPF 50+ fabric and moisture-wicking polyester gusset, details that make the Electra great for high-intensity pursuits. Aleta Burchyski, Outside Online, 13 Sep. 2020 Always interested in construction, inside and out, Ping has created a series of bags that highlight the gusset (a fold usually used on the side or bottom of bags to strengthen them and add room) front and center. Vogue, 20 Apr. 2022 Fold the waistband down, so the top edge of the band lines up with the base of the tights' gusset. Step 3: Fold the tights in half lengthwise, placing one leg neatly over the other. Hannah Chubb,, 24 Feb. 2022 The gusset along the side of each pillow offers excellent neck support and helps the spine stay aligned. Amy Schulman,, 27 Jan. 2022 The tongue gusset and ergonomic heel tailoring finish off the upper with detail. Adam Chase, Outside Online, 21 Jan. 2021 Elastic seemed poised to make a breakthrough: In the 1840s, Queen Victoria’s shoemaker, Joseph Sparkes Hall, popularized his invention of the elastic-gusset ankle boot, still known today as the Chelsea Boot. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, 7 Jan. 2022 The 2-inch gusset is designed to give you padding and neck support as well as promote healthy spinal alignment aka keeping your spine straight to give you even weight distribution as you snooze. Sanah Faroke,, 3 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Gusset.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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