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 At the front of the house a distinctive office has the view out the front window, which has an inset of beveled, leaded glass. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$1.7M Birmingham house fits onto narrow 43-foot lot," 3 Oct. 2020 Another interesting bike from 1990, the machine that stole the spotlight at the Tokyo Show that year, was the Yamaha Morpho (pictured above, alongside the oval-piston Honda NR750 inset). John Burns/cycle World, Popular Science, "22 of the weirdest concept motorcycles ever made," 10 Sep. 2020 The primary suite has a spacious bathroom, dual walk-in closets – including a wet bar – a fireplace and inset cabinetry. Dallas News, "Preston Hollow area showcases ‘grand’ homes," 9 Aug. 2020 The living room’s focal point is an inset fireplace that makes the most of the architectural details throughout the home, like the elaborate mantle and the pristine moulding. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Peek inside this English Cotswold manor in Highland Park with an updated Hollywood vibe," 30 July 2020 In a further building, reclaimed wine barrels make up the back wall of a bar, which Carson inset with removable walnut panels where guests can carve their names. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Family Getaway by M. Elle Design Is Like a Dream Summer Camp," 8 July 2020 Most of the facade is white, but with inset windows accented by varied blends of blue, green and red. John King, SFChronicle.com, "BART’s new South Bay stations have grand ambitions — and mixed results," 21 June 2020 Better than that, the coaches have the ability to place an inset on the screen diagramming plays Deer Park will want to employ next season. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park football program adapting as best as possible in these troubling times," 16 Apr. 2020 The result was a magnificent piece with the small, but many-faceted stone inset. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Woman balks at attending baby shower for boyfriend’s daughter," 12 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rarely do collectors get a chance at 2-for-1, but this portrait of an unknown young man being sold by New York property magnate Sheldon Solow has been inset with a small, round 14th-century panel painting of a saint. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Cézanne, Picasso and a T. Rex—This Auction Season, Anything Goes," 30 Sep. 2020 Yoder pays dearly for takeout tins that are inset with a gold-hued lining. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "Leaning on lasagna: Three Dallas chefs making layers you’ll love," 25 Sep. 2020 Non-tension rods that are inset are useful for long segments of windows, where an over-window rod would cover too much space. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How to Hang Curtains: A Step-by-Step Guide," 4 Aug. 2020 The statue of Hanuman Murti (inset above), god of courage, was a gift from a swami in the motherland to consecrate Sri Dattatreya Yoga Centre in 2003. Omar Mouallem, WSJ, "Trinidad: A Caribbean Vacation With an Indian Flavor," 17 Jan. 2020 That filter, sometimes inset with light zones that turn on and off, increases the contrast and vividness of the image. NBC News, "How to buy the best TV for your needs (and wants)," 28 Nov. 2019 Hide the Hood The blowers were inset into the ceiling for a streamlined look, and to maximize views. House Beautiful, "How Studio Dearborn Reimagined a Dark, Cramped Kitchen," 22 Oct. 2019 Each structure in the scene is inset with multicolored LED. Mario Alejandro Ariza, The New Republic, "Calm Before the Storm," 30 Sep. 2019 The fruits of this duo is the first Balmain x Diamond Foundry creation: diamond line drop earrings set against circular, silver outlines, and inset with a deep blue rim. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Balmain Announces Collaboration with Carbon-Neutral Brand, Diamond Foundry," 26 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of inset was in 1559

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“Inset.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inset. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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inset

noun
How to pronounce inset (audio)

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
How to pronounce inset (audio)

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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