the act of inserting: the insertion of a coin in a vending machine.
something inserted: an insertion in the middle of a paragraph.
Botany, Zoology.
the manner or place of attachment, as of an organ.
attachment of a part or organ, with special reference to the site or manner of such attachment.
lace, embroidery, or the like, to be sewn at each edge between parts of other material.
Aerospace. injection ( def 6 ).

1570–80; < Late Latin insertiōn- (stem of insertiō). See insert, -ion

insertional, adjective
noninsertion, noun
preinsertion, noun
reinsertion, noun
subinsertion, noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
insertion (ɪnˈsɜːʃən)
1.  the act of inserting or something that is inserted
2.  a word, sentence, correction, etc, inserted into text, such as a newspaper
3.  a strip of lace, embroidery, etc, between two pieces of material
4.  anatomy the point or manner of attachment of a muscle to the bone that it moves
5.  botany the manner or point of attachment of one part to another

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insertion in·ser·tion (ĭn-sûr'shən)

  1. The point or mode of attachment of a skeletal muscle to the bone or other body part that it moves.

  2. The placing of a dental prosthesis in the mouth.

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Example sentences
The motion to insert should always specify the word before or after which the
  insertion is to be made.
The insertion device, about a fifth of the diameter of the riser itself, is not
  supposed to block the flow of oil completely.
One thing he has worked out, in great detail, is the method for insertion.
Contracts must be completed within one year from the date of first insertion.
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