[n. in-set; v. in-set]
something inserted; insert.
a small picture, map, etc., inserted within the border of a larger one.
the act of setting in.
a piece of cloth or other material set into a garment, usually as an ornamental panel.
verb (used with object), inset, insetting.
to set in or insert, as an inset: to inset a panel in a dress.
to insert an inset in: to inset a mounting with jewels.

before 900; Middle English insetten to insert, Old English insettan to initiate; see in-1, set

insetter, noun Unabridged
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vb , -sets, -setting, -set
1.  (tr) to set or place in or within; insert
2.  something inserted
3.  printing
 a.  a small map or diagram set within the borders of a larger one
 b.  another name for insert
4.  a piece of fabric inserted into a garment, as to shape it or for decoration
5.  a flowing in, as of the tide

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Word Origin & History

1559, influx of water, place where water flows in," from in + set. Meaning "extra pages of a book, etc." is from 1875; that of "small map in the border of a larger one" is from 1881.
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Example sentences
The cabinet inserts, inset with bamboo rings, echo the room's circle motif.
At strategic places, it was inset with lace panels that offered a glimpse of flesh.
The team, seen inset surrounding the tusks, also uncovered some of the animal's leg bones and parts of a jaw with molars.
In the picture inset, you can actually see the motion of the neutron star over the six years between observations.
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