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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").


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