inset

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noun

in·​set ˈin-ˌset How to pronounce inset (audio)
1
a
: 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

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verb

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Consider an olive green field jacket that’s cropped at the hip with a voluminous cape-like inset in the back. Laia Garcia-Furtado, Vogue, 11 June 2024 The company is also helping developers test user interfaces against new surfaces, like curved displays, insets, and angles. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 15 May 2024
Verb
The slip-on design is comfortable enough to wear all night, and inset waist panels add movement to the skirt for even more impact and flow. Shea Simmons, Travel + Leisure, 9 June 2024 Inside, eight bedrooms and 10 baths are filtered across a little more than 11,300 square feet of two-level living space adorned throughout with blonde hardwood floors, high ceilings inset with wood panels and sliding glass doors providing seamless indoor-outdoor environs. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 25 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for inset 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1559, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of inset was in 1559

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Cite this Entry

“Inset.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inset. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

inset

1 of 2 noun
in·​set ˈin-ˌset How to pronounce inset (audio)
: something that is inset: as
a
: a small map or picture set within a larger one
b
: a piece of cloth set into a garment for decoration

inset

2 of 2 verb
in·​set ˈin-ˌset How to pronounce inset (audio)
in-ˈset
inset or insetted; insetting

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