insertion

noun
in·​ser·​tion | \in-ˈsər-shən \

Definition of insertion 

1 : something that is inserted: such as

a : the part of a muscle that inserts

b : the mode or place of attachment of an organ or part

c : embroidery or needlework inserted as ornament between two pieces of fabric

d : a section of genetic material that is inserted into an existing gene sequence

2a : the act or process of inserting

b : the mutational process producing a genetic insertion

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Other Words from insertion

insertional \in-​ˈsər-​shnəl, -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of insertion in a Sentence

Treatment may include the insertion of a tube in his ear. The report contains a number of insertions.

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Between the cost of insertion and the actual IUD itself, your appointment could run a couple hundred dollars. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "What's the Best Form of Birth Control for You?," 31 Oct. 2017 Another burn was planned for 45 minutes later, commonly needed to position satellites for their final orbital insertion. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Inside the eight desperate weeks that saved SpaceX from ruin," 21 Sep. 2018 What’s more, all of those insertions would be personalized, so no two viewers see the same exact thing. Ralf Jacob, Fortune, "AI Is About to Make Video Ads a Lot Less Annoying," 26 June 2018 His insertion didn’t have much of an impact on a Seattle squad that entered Saturday sitting 22nd out of 23 MLS franchises in shots recorded on goal. Owen Pence, BostonGlobe.com, "Revolution, Sounders end in scoreless draw," 8 July 2018 Bible’s lawyers also argued that severe tremors accompanying his Parkinson’s disease would complicate insertion of needles. Time, "Houston's 'Ice Pick Killer' Executed in Texas for 1979 Rape and Murder," 29 June 2018 Bible's lawyers also argued that severe tremors accompanying his Parkinson's disease would complicate insertion of needles. NBC News, "Texas executes convicted killer whose attorneys proposed firing squad," 28 June 2018 Bible's lawyers also argued that severe tremors accompanying his Parkinson's disease would complicate insertion of needles. CBS News, "Texas executes Danny Paul Bible for 1979 rape, murder in Houston," 28 June 2018 This experimental flight should help demonstrate the upper stage's ability to perform direct insertion into geostationary orbit. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX has flown its last Block 4 version of the Falcon 9 rocket [Updated]," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of insertion

1539, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of insertion was in 1539

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insertion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of insertion

: the act or process of putting something into something else : the act or process of inserting something

: something (such as a comment) that is added to a piece of writing : something that is inserted

insertion

noun
in·​ser·​tion | \in-ˈsər-shən \

Kids Definition of insertion

1 : the act or process of putting in or into The lock opened upon insertion of a key.

insertion

noun
in·​ser·​tion | \in-ˈsər-shən \

Medical Definition of insertion 

1 : the part of a muscle by which it is attached to the part to be moved — compare origin sense 2

2 : the mode or place of attachment of an organ or part

3a : a section of genetic material inserted into an existing gene sequence

b : the mutational process producing a genetic insertion

Other Words from insertion

insertional \-​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl \ adjective

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