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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To fix firmly in a surrounding mass.
  • intransitive verb To cause to be an integral part of a surrounding whole.
  • intransitive verb Linguistics To insert or position (a clause or phrase) within a clause or phrase.
  • intransitive verb Computers To insert (a virus, for example) into a software program.
  • intransitive verb To assign (a journalist) to travel with a military unit during an armed conflict.
  • intransitive verb Biology To enclose (a specimen) in a supporting material before sectioning for microscopic examination.
  • intransitive verb To become embedded.
  • noun One that is embedded, especially a journalist who is assigned to an active military unit.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To lay in or as in a bed; lay in surrounding matter: as, to embed a thing in clay or sand.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To lay as in a bed; to lay in surrounding matter; to bed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To lay as in a bed; to lay in surrounding matter; to bed; as, to embed a thing in clay, mortar, or sand.
  • verb by extension To include in surrounding matter.
  • verb computing To encapsulate within another document or data file (unrelated to the other computing meaning of embedded as in embedded system).
  • verb mathematics, transitive To define a one-to-one function from (one set) to another so that certain properties of the domain are preserved when considering the image as a subset of the codomain.
  • noun Short for embedded reporter/journalist, a war reporter assigned to and travelling with a military unit.

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

  • verb fix or set securely or deeply
  • verb attach to, as a journalist to a military unit when reporting on a war

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From em- +‎ bed.

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