inset

noun
in·​set | \ ˈin-ˌset How to pronounce inset (audio) \

Definition of inset

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a place where something flows in : channel
b : a setting or flowing in
2 : something that is inset: such as
a : a small graphic representation (such as a map or picture) set within a larger one
b : a piece of cloth set into a garment (as for decoration)
c : a part or section of a utensil that fits into an outer part

inset

verb
in·​set | \ ˈin-ˌset How to pronounce inset (audio) , in-ˈset\
inset or insetted; insetting

Definition of inset (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : set in especially : to insert within something else in such a way as to be visible
2 : to provide with an inset

Examples of inset in a Sentence

Noun

The floor is decorated with an inset of marble tiles. velvet dresses with silk insets

Verb

inset a map in a larger map
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Regrettably, these delicate silvery insets had been covered by egg-crate light panels. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore’s Pratt Central Library emerges from renovation with its beauties intact," 13 Sep. 2019 The bathroom is illuminated with custom light fixtures and sconces, and also features two Robern medicine cabinets with inset outlets and lights. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Intricately remodeled home in Alamo’s Bryan Meadow area showcases a private playland," 9 Sep. 2019 That’s actually a term used for decorative inset niches in the walls of old houses with steep, winding staircases. Los Angeles Times, "Ask Farmer: How did the term ‘punter’ originate?," 8 Sep. 2019 For example one secondary bedroom suite has a faucet inset with lapis lazuli (bright blue stone). Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Home near Cranbrook's art objects is filled with space and glamour," 3 Aug. 2019 San Francisco during the first tech boom had a new ballpark sponsored by Pets.com and Webvan, and a shopping mall with space-age inset neon lines, as if someone powered it up like a computer. San Francisco Chronicle, "Like everything else involved with the project, the chrome marketing folder was shiny and filled with hope, as if the owners were selling a new subdivision on the moons of Jupiter.," 26 July 2019 The nude inset is my nod to Theoni Aldredge’s ‘Chorus Line’ finale — that was the touchstone of elegance for me. New York Times, "Bikini Bottom by Way of Party City," 11 May 2018 Lyra’s suits come in elegant neutrals, with the occasional inset print. Glamour, "How to Shop for a Modest Swimsuit," 23 May 2019 As Nikkie starts applying foundation, we’re treated to an inset shot of Snoop wearing what appears to be a white bathrobe, standing at the mic in a smoky (of course) studio. Marci Robin, Allure, "Snoop Dogg Narrated a NikkieTutorials Makeup Video and It's Perfect," 21 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

These are often inset into brackets in the corner of the seat. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "The Absolute Easiest Way to Reupholster Furniture," 4 Sep. 2019 The cabinets feature inset soft close doors and drawers. courant.com, "Property of the Week: 194 Woodpond Road, West Hartford," 16 Aug. 2019 Make sure to check out the tiny TV screens inset into the columns around the dance floor. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Think South Beach is crazy now? Here's what the club scene was like in 1994 | Miami Herald," 5 May 2018 Some of the early versions of the bidet look like ornamental ottomans; the basins were inset in wooden furniture with short legs. Maria Teresa Hart, The Atlantic, "The Bidet's Revival," 18 Mar. 2018 The newest bracelets are encrusted with diamonds and blue topaz stones inset with black and white diamonds in the shape of an eye. Lindzi Scharf, latimes.com, "Usher, Blake Lively, Kim Kardashian West attend Lorraine Schwartz's star-studded West Hollywood party," 14 Mar. 2018 For wedding bands, there are numerous finespun stacking rings delicately inset with small gemstones in simple but innovative designs. Mandy Behbehani, San Francisco Chronicle, "Romancing the stones: Designers reinvent bridal jewelry," 26 Jan. 2018 Because of the nature of the dining theme here, all tables are inset with a round gas grill in the center, the showpiece element. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "NYC steakhouse elevates Korean barbecue experience," 13 Dec. 2017 At the same time, mirrors in the bathrooms are now inset with hidden televisions, and the wireless internet connection is powerful and free, still unusual in 21st-century Europe. Condé Nast Traveler, "Ritz Paris," 25 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of inset

Noun

1559, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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inset

noun

English Language Learners Definition of inset

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small map or picture that is shown on or next to a larger map or picture in order to show more detail
: a piece of something that is added to something larger often for decoration

inset

verb

English Language Learners Definition of inset (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put (something) in something larger for decoration, to give information, etc.
: to put something into (something) often for decoration

inset

noun
in·​set | \ ˈin-ˌset How to pronounce inset (audio) \

Kids Definition of inset

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a smaller thing that is inserted into a larger thing The Ohio map has an inset showing Columbus in detail.

inset

verb
inset or insetted; insetting

Kids Definition of inset (Entry 2 of 2)

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