a small, triangular piece of material inserted into a shirt, shoe, etc., to improve the fit or for reinforcement. Compare godet ( def 1 ), gore3 ( def 1 ).
Civil Engineering. a plate for uniting structural members at a joint, as in a steel frame or truss.
Also called voider. an area of mail backed with cloth, for defending the armpits or areas at joints.
a small piece of plate armor at the armhole of a cuirass; pallet.

1375–1425; late Middle English < Old French gousset, derivative of gousse pod, husk Unabridged
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gusset (ˈɡʌsɪt)
1.  an inset piece of material used esp to strengthen or enlarge a garment
2.  a triangular metal plate for strengthening a corner joist between two structural members
3.  a piece of mail fitted between armour plates or into the leather or cloth underclothes worn with armour, to give added protection
4.  (tr) to put a gusset in (a garment)
[C15: from Old French gousset a piece of mail, a diminutive of gousse pod, of unknown origin]

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Good for granite: breathable, abrasion-resistant stretch nylon and an inseam
Calf leather lining in the heel and ankle area and a leather tongue and gusset
  grip the feet snugly to ensure a great fit.
Inseam gusset and center back hem slits for mobility.
The side-elastic waistband and gusset detail give you room to move.
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