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verb (used with object)
to fix into a surrounding mass:
to embed stones in cement.
to surround tightly or firmly; envelop or enclose:
Thick cotton padding embedded the precious vase in its box.
to incorporate or contain as an essential part or characteristic:
A love of color is embedded in all of her paintings.
to infiltrate (a biological tissue) with molten paraffin or other plastic material that later solidifies, enabling the preparation to be sliced very thin for viewing under a microscope.
to map a set into another set.
to insert (a construction, as a phrase or clause) into a larger construction, as a clause or sentence.
to assign (a journalist) to travel with a military unit or a political campaign:
The photojournalists were embedded in Afghanistan with U.S. troops.
We've embedded a reporter with each of the presidential candidates.
to place (text, images, sound, or computer code) in a computer file, HTML document, software program, or electronic device:
how to embed videos on your website;
embedded software in cars and airplanes.
verb (used without object)
to be or become fixed or incorporated, as into a surrounding mass:
Glass embeds in the soft tar of the road.
a journalist who is embedded with a military unit or a political campaign.
a period of time during which a journalist is embedded.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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We stop at a spot where nine timbers are
in the ground.
Paul would tell me later that he felt different from before, newly
in himself, as if trapped in statuary.
This year around 10 billion microprocessors will be sold,
in anything from computers to coffee-makers.
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like mosaics into the stucco walls on the Vultaggio property.
By virtue of his troubled life and a single decent gesture, he is
in the American conscience.
Clear gifs are small pieces of data that are
in images on the pages of Web sites.
The waves reflect off a metal screen
in the glass.
From horizon to horizon, the city was
in a lush, verdant blanket.
He leisurely examined the
wheel, and cast an eye along the road ahead.
British Dictionary definitions for
usually foll by in
) to fix or become fixed firmly and deeply in a surrounding solid mass
to embed a nail in wood
) to surround closely
hard rock embeds the roots
) to fix or retain (a thought, idea, etc) in the mind
often foll by with
) to assign a journalist or be assigned as one to accompany an active military unit
) to insert (a subordinate clause) into a sentence
a journalist accompanying an active military unit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for
Originally a geological term, in ref. to fossils in rock; fig. sense is from 1835; meaning "place a journalist within a military unit at war" is 2003.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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