Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To set in; insert.
  • transitive v. To furnish with an inset.
  • n. Something set in, as:
  • n. A small map or illustration set within a larger one.
  • n. A leaf or group of pages inserted into a publication.
  • n. A piece of material set into a garment as decoration or trim.
  • n. An inflow, as of water.
  • n. A channel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to set in; infix or implant
  • v. to insert something
  • v. to add an inset to something
  • n. a smaller thing set into a larger thing; such as a small picture inside a larger one
  • n. anything inserted
  • n. a small piece of material used to strengthen a garment

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is inserted or set in; an insertion.
  • n. One or more separate leaves inserted in a volume before binding
  • n. A portion of the printed sheet in certain sizes of books which is cut off before folding, and set into the middle of the folded sheet to complete the succession of paging; -- also called offcut.
  • n. A page or pages of advertisements inserted.
  • transitive v. To infix.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To set in; infix or implant.
  • To add (a leaf or leaves) within the folded sections of a book, or between the sections, as a map, a printed illustration, or an advertisement.
  • n. That which is set in; an insertion; specifically, in bookbinding, a leaf or leaves inserted in other leaves previously folded, usually in the center of the folding.
  • n. Influx, as of the tide.
  • n. Same as ingate, 2.
  • n. A small picture or diagram inserted within the border of a larger one.

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

  • v. set or place in
  • n. a small picture inserted within the bounds or a larger one
  • n. an artifact that is inserted or is to be inserted
  • n. a piece of material used to strengthen or enlarge a garment

Etymologies

From Middle English insetten, from Old English insettan ("to set in, institute, appoint"), equivalent to in- +‎ set. Cognate with Dutch inzetten ("to insert, set in"), Low German insetten ("to set in"), German einsetzen ("to insert, employ"), Danish indsætte ("to insert"), Swedish insätta ("to inset, induct, institute"), Icelandic innsetja ("to install"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Sure it's a money making business but doing it this way is sort of like saying OK thanks for watching the movie so far - the next bit is in 'inset dead language' and we've got no subtitles so we won't show you, instead you can ask your friend who lives in 'x' to tell you what happens (whatever happens is inconsequential but to find out they'll let you know).

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  • MSNBC PLUGS THE SAME STORY — live shot depicting the blaze from helicopter-car-chase level, with photos of Candy Crowley and Cindy McCain inset and the word “MISSING!” under them.

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  • The binding is 3/4 red cloth with gold fleur-de-lys, with a cream spine and red title inset on the spine.

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  • Though the face of the ancient woman in the inset was a deep brown, her eyes closed and expressionless, the resemblance between her and the ghost was unmistakable.

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  • The inset is a tilted 3-D profile of the structure, which shows the silicon dioxide posts.

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  • The inset is a tilted 3-D profile of the structure, which shows the silicon dioxide

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  • The expression shown in the inset is a heuristic developed by the authors of the original Nature article in which they describe a "magic" exponent, beta.

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  • The inset was a little touchy that night so not but a couple of seconds after I lower the inset onto my stomach it goes off without me even needing to press the sides down.

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  • The inset is a projection stack of multiple confocal scans.

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