1. something inserted; insert.
  2. a small picture, map, etc., inserted within the border of a larger one.
  3. influx.
  4. the act of setting in.
  5. a piece of cloth or other material set into a garment, usually as an ornamental panel.

verb (used with object), in·set, in·set·ting.

  1. to set in or insert, as an inset: to inset a panel in a dress.
  2. to insert an inset in: to inset a mounting with jewels.

verb (ɪnˈsɛt) -sets, -setting or -set

  1. (tr) to set or place in or within; insert

noun (ˈɪnˌsɛt)

  1. something inserted
  2. printing
    1. a small map or diagram set within the borders of a larger one
    2. another name for insert (def. 4)
  3. a piece of fabric inserted into a garment, as to shape it or for decoration
  4. a flowing in, as of the tide

1550s, “influx of water, place where water flows in,” from in + set (n.2). 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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