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inset

noun in·set \ ˈin-ˌset \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of inset

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

Examples of inset in a Sentence

  1. The floor is decorated with an inset of marble tiles.

  2. velvet dresses with silk insets

Recent Examples of inset from the Web

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First Known Use of inset

1559


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inset

verb in·set \ ˈin-ˌset , in-ˈset \

Definition of inset

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

  1. inset a map in a larger map

Recent Examples of inset from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'inset.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of inset

1658


INSET Defined for English Language Learners

inset

noun

Definition of inset for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of inset for English Language Learners

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

  • : to put something into (something) often for decoration


INSET Defined for Kids

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inset

noun in·set \ ˈin-ˌset \

Definition of inset for Students

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

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inset

verb

Definition of inset for Students

inset or insetted; insetting
: 1insert 2


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