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 end came a long navy dress with white lace at the cuffs and high neck and inset at the back, down to the curve of the spine. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "The Rebirth of New York Fashion," 14 Sep. 2019 The matching islands feature clear glass insets with jewelry drawers beneath. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "5 Ingenious Storage Ideas to Borrow from the Ultimate Glam Closet," 12 July 2019 Custom inset handles—Details (R,T); detailshardware.com. Countertop; integrated sink, Corian Glacier White—DuPont (M); dupont.com. House Beautiful, "July/August 2012 Issue Product Guide," 1 June 2012 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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
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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