inset

noun
in·​set | \ˈin-ˌset \

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, 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

While a clunky Nike tube sock attracts the wrong kind of ankle attention, a thinner white sock (see inset) contrasts most modishly against a dark loafer. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "White Socks and Black Loafers. Stylish or Best Left to Michael Jackson?," 26 Sep. 2018 Extra points go to Ramsay-Levi for cutting her lace insets in the shape of Chloé’s signature horses. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Resort 2019 Trend Report," 25 June 2018 Ben Affleck and girlfriend Lindsay Shookus (inset) have shared meals and affection in Southern California. Globe Correspondent, BostonGlobe.com, "Moving trucks spotted outside Ben Affleck’s home," 6 July 2018 Soaking away troubles in a freestanding tub versus an inset tub is more popular than ever. Karen Bruno, WSJ, "Homeowners Discover (Again) the Luxury of Soaking Tubs," 14 June 2018 Floating shelves protrude from teak paneling; a Carrera marble floor with brass insets lends an old-world polish. Nina Sparling, Vogue, "Parcelle, a New Shop From the Team Behind Charlie Bird, Takes the Stress Out of Wine-Buying," 31 May 2018 Cabinets are cherry in a style that places a premium on precision woodworking with crown molding as well as inset doors and drawers. James Alexander, courant.com, "Property of the Week: 20 Barnes Hill Road, Burlington," 11 Jan. 2018 Frequently the adult bird would stuff an inset into the gaping mouth of the chick and the little bird would then turn around and produce a soft sack of waste that the parent would remove from the nest. Ernie Cowan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Visit the High Sierra with a trip to Palomar Mountain," 11 May 2018 The art is set with clear purpose — in circular insets for small moments (the keeper writing in his log or dancing with his wife) and double-page spreads of grand seascapes (roiling waves and gray fog). San Francisco Chronicle, "Roundup of new children’s books," 25 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The front terrace has a concrete water feature; the broad wood front door is inset with glass squares. Marcelle Sussman Fischler, New York Times, "House Hunting in ... Mexico," 7 Dec. 2016

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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 \

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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