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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of including or the state of being included.
  • n. Something included.
  • n. Geology A solid, liquid, or gaseous foreign body enclosed in a mineral or rock.
  • n. Biology A nonliving mass, such as a droplet of fat, in the cytoplasm of a cell.
  • n. Computer Science A logical operation that assumes the second statement of a pair is true if the first one is true.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An addition or annex to a group, set, or total.
  • n. The act of including, i.e. adding or annexing, (something) to a group, set, or total.
  • n. Anything foreign that is included in a material,
  • n. Any material that is trapped inside a mineral during its formation, as a defect in a precious stone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of including, or the state of being included; limitation; restriction.
  • n. Something that is included.
  • n. A foreign substance, either liquid or solid, usually of minute size, inclosed in the mass of a mineral.
  • n. A small body suspended within the cytoplasm of a cell.
  • n. The relationship existing between two sets if one is a subset of the other.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of including, or the state of being included.
  • n. That which is included or inclosed.
  • n. The contents of vesicles, of all sizes, in protoplasm as an emulsion, enveloped by pellicles of the continuous substance or plasma; the discontinuous portions of protoplasm.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being included
  • n. the act of including
  • n. the relation of comprising something
  • n. any small intracellular body found within another (characteristic of certain diseases)

Etymologies

Latin inclūsiō, inclūsiōn-, from inclūsus, past participle of inclūdere, to enclose; see include.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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