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embed

[v. em-bed; n. em-bed]
verb (used with object), embedded, embedding.
1.
to fix into a surrounding mass: to embed stones in cement.
2.
to surround tightly or firmly; envelop or enclose: Thick cotton padding embedded the precious vase in its box.
3.
to incorporate or contain as an essential part or characteristic: A love of color is embedded in all of her paintings.
4.
Histology. 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.
5.
Mathematics. to map a set into another set.
6.
Grammar. to insert (a construction, as a phrase or clause) into a larger construction, as a clause or sentence.
7.
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.
8.
Digital Technology. 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), embedded, embedding.
9.
to be or become fixed or incorporated, as into a surrounding mass: Glass embeds in the soft tar of the road.
noun
10.
a journalist who is embedded with a military unit or a political campaign.
11.
a period of time during which a journalist is embedded.
Also, imbed.


Origin:
1770–80; em-1 + bed

embedment, noun
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embed or imbed (ɪmˈbɛd)
 
vb , -beds, -bedding, -bedded
1.  (usually foll by in) to fix or become fixed firmly and deeply in a surrounding solid mass: to embed a nail in wood
2.  (tr) to surround closely: hard rock embeds the roots
3.  (tr) to fix or retain (a thought, idea, etc) in the mind
4.  (often foll by with) to assign a journalist or be assigned as one to accompany an active military unit
5.  (tr) grammar to insert (a subordinate clause) into a sentence
 
n
6.  a journalist accompanying an active military unit
 
imbed or imbed (ɪmˈbɛd, ˈɪmbɛd)
 
vb
 
n
 
em'bedment or imbed
 
n

embedding (ɪmˈbɛdɪŋ)
 
n
the practice of assigning or being assigned a journalist to accompany an active military unit

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embed
1778, from en- + bed. 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.
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embedding definition


1. One instance of some mathematical object contained with in another instance, e.g. a group which is a subgroup.
2. (domain theory) A complete partial order F in [X -> Y] is an embedding if
(1) For all x1, x2 in X, x1 F x1 (2) For all y in Y, x | F x is directed.
("LaTeX as \sqsubseteq).
(1995-03-27)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Example sentences
They are also looking at embedding solar cells in devices.
Given that all these groups push various political agendas, it is fair to ask why embedding has struck a raw nerve.
The company addressed this problem by embedding zinc granules within a conductive polymer.
Another, more successful idea was embedding hydrangea petals in a clear silicone heel.
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