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[in-sur-tid] /ɪnˈsɜr tɪd/
Botany. (especially of the parts of a flower) attached to or growing out of some part.
Anatomy. having an insertion, as a muscle, tendon, or ligament; attached, as the end of a muscle that moves a bone.
Origin of inserted
1590-1600; insert + -ed2
Related forms
uninserted, adjective


[v. in-surt; n. in-surt] /v. ɪnˈsɜrt; n. ˈɪn sɜrt/
verb (used with object)
to put or place in:
to insert a key in a lock.
to introduce or cause to be introduced into the body of something:
to insert an extra paragraph in an article.
something inserted or to be inserted.
an extra leaf or section, printed independently, for binding or tipping into a book or periodical, especially a leaf or section consisting of an illustration or advertisement printed on different paper.
any small picture, device, etc., surrounded partly or completely by body type.
a paper, circular, etc., placed within the folds of a newspaper or the leaves of a book, periodical, etc.
Movies, Television. a cut-in.
1520-30; < Latin insertus past participle of inserere to put in, insert, equivalent to in- in-2 + ser- (stem of serere to link together) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
insertable, adjective
inserter, noun
interinsert, verb (used with object)
preinsert, verb (used with object)
reinsert, verb (used with object)
subinsert, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inserted
  • Different panels can be inserted to change the style.
  • They are created when genes from other species are inserted into egg cells.
  • To tap a maple tree, a small hole is drilled about two inches into the tree trunk and a metal or plastic tap is inserted.
  • The plugin lets you set the default dimensions of all inserted videos as well as the color scheme of the player itself.
  • In this case, something inserted itself into the situation that went beyond the normal tensions.
  • Melt different colors and apply using a plastic bag with a cake decorating tip inserted.
  • It was carried using poles inserted through rings on its sides.
  • Over the next several months, progressively larger plugs are inserted to stretch the lip.
  • Bulk business mailings are inserted by machine in a controlled, supervised environment.
  • In this case, the team inserted a gene that produces a contaminant-cleaning enzyme found in rabbit livers into the poplar trees.
British Dictionary definitions for inserted


(anatomy) (of a muscle) attached to the bone that it moves
(botany) (of parts of a plant) growing from another part, as stamens from the corolla


verb (transitive) (ɪnˈsɜːt)
to put in or between; introduce
to introduce, as into text, such as a newspaper; interpolate
noun (ˈɪnsɜːt)
something inserted
  1. a folded section placed in another for binding in with a book
  2. a printed sheet, esp one bearing advertising, placed loose between the leaves of a book, periodical, etc
another word for cut in (sense 6)
Derived Forms
insertable, adjective
inserter, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin inserere to plant in, ingraft, from in-² + serere to join
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Word Origin and History for inserted



"to set in, put or place in," 1520s, from insert, past participle of Middle English inseren "to set in place, to graft, to introduce (into the mind)" (late 14c.), from Latin inserere "to put in, implant," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + serere "join together" (see series). Related: Inserted; inserting. The noun meaning "something inserted" is from 1893.

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