Definition of embed in English:


(also imbed)


  • 1Fix (an object) firmly and deeply in a surrounding mass.

    ‘he had an operation to remove a nail embedded in his chest’
    • ‘What is remarkable is that the bottle is firmly embedded in a solid rock-like mass.’
    • ‘Such was the power of the impact, one of the bricks embedded itself in the passenger door.’
    • ‘However, sometimes this is not possible because the cancer is small, poorly defined or embedded in vital surrounding tissue.’
    • ‘A round embedded itself in the nose cone, inches from where he was peering through his sights.’
    • ‘Deon's air tanks and the battery pack for his light appeared to be firmly embedded in the mud underneath him, and Shaw was starting to pant from exertion.’
    • ‘It was hypothesized that this unaccounted mass was embedded in the hydrophobic interior of the lipid membrane, inaccessible to the negative stain.’
    • ‘Shaw was unable to bring Dreyer's body to the surface during his October dive as his oxygen cylinders were firmly embedded in the mud.’
    • ‘Mr Walker rejected claims that he had been duped, saying the eight-inch piece of bone was firmly embedded in the earth.’
    • ‘The bullet missed and embedded itself in a wall.’
    • ‘The collagen fibres are firmly embedded in the subchondral bone, giving stability to the cartilage.’
    • ‘The sound of which completely obscured the revving car engine; I only realized there was a vehicle heading towards me when it crashed through the trees and embedded itself in the garage wall.’
    • ‘It went right through my shoe and embedded itself in my foot.’
    • ‘The second pellet bounced of several walls, a reproduction print of some elephants and a strategically opened door and embedded itself in my knee.’
    • ‘The pellet punctured the intestine in two places and embedded itself in the unfortunate animal's spleen.’
    • ‘The jury heard that the armed man fired the weapon at point blank range as he struggled with her but the bullet missed her and embedded itself in a shop window.’
    • ‘In three seconds, the automatic car careered backwards, hit the woman captain of a village bowls team, smashed into two parked cars, bounced on to a wall and embedded itself in a hedge, an inquest heard.’
    implant, plant, set, fix, lodge, root, insert, place
    sink, submerge, immerse
    drive in, hammer in, ram in
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    1. 1.1Implant (an idea or feeling) so that it becomes ingrained within a particular context.
      ‘the Victorian values embedded in Tennyson's poetry’
      • ‘I mean tragedy in the classical sense in which the hero's misery is embedded in his triumph.’
      • ‘He responded to the modern dilemma of human reason failing to produce ethical consensus by arguing that ideas are never pure: they are always embedded in social contexts.’
      • ‘This also means that whenever the press writes about blogs, one must critically consider what biases are embedded in their reporting.’
      • ‘It is left to Martha Swann's rather ditzy Rosalind and Jenni Bowden's practical gentle and loving Celia to lighten the mood and embed the ideas of fidelity and courage in love that run through the play.’
      • ‘Realist and rationalist ideas are also embedded in international organization.’
      • ‘This love for excitement is deeply embedded in the social system.’
      • ‘Although she never had had any claim to him, predatory feelings were deeply embedded within her heart.’
      • ‘Although the company's ideas are embedded in a wide range of consumer products, from video games to mobile phones, it has never had any dealings with the public.’
      • ‘Fear was embedded in her every pore as she felt herself slowly burning.’
      • ‘The theory is that an idea is embedded in the subconscious, and it is affecting one's conscious behaviour in some way.’
      • ‘According to House, their beliefs were deeply embedded in the bureaucratic culture.’
      • ‘Introducing interactive learning technology is a contemporary case study of the difficulties involved in embedding new ideas and new ways of working into institutions that are resistant to change.’
      • ‘His ideas are embedded in Islamic tradition - he does not concoct them to express his ego.’
      • ‘This idea is strongly embedded in the Constitution.’
      • ‘This feeling is embedded in the time, it makes up what we are now.’
      • ‘NHS managers and commissioners should take a good look at this report and ensure recommendations are embedded in their own services.’
      • ‘Conceptual thought is essentially embedded in complex practices of inference and argument.’
      • ‘Nostalgia is embedded in the geography of the place.’
      • ‘Like some sly medieval scribe, Kurtz frequently embeds conceptual ideas, jokes or symbolic content in the drawings.’
      • ‘Cast within the context of the present study, this means that rather than being an end in itself, doubt is embedded in a larger process.’
    2. 1.2Linguistics Place (a phrase or clause) within another clause or sentence.
      ‘the embedded sentence has no overt introducer’
      • ‘A clause may be embedded in a phrase, and vice versa, ad infinitum.’
      • ‘This has the unwelcome consequence of forcing one to argue that number is invisible in syntactic environments (such as embedded clauses) where C carries no visible number.’
      • ‘Here, the two main clauses are coordinated by but, the first main clause has a that clause within which is embedded another that clause, and the second main clause also contains a that clause.’
      • ‘This allusion consists of two (fairly common) words embedded in a four-word phrase.’
      • ‘The usual sorts of discourse relationships exist among the phrases, but very little of this structure is encoded by phrasal embedding within sentences.’
    3. 1.3Incorporate (a video or other item of data) within the body of a web page or other document.
      ‘you can embed the videos into a blog post.’
      • ‘No attachments need to be opened to start the virus spreading, only the email itself - the code is embedded in the body of the email.’
      • ‘Digital watermarking technology allows users to embed a digital code in audio, images, video and printed documents that is imperceptible during normal use but readable by computers and software.’
      • ‘To make the vulnerability work, Alice embeds a particular code in the Word document she sends Bob.’
      • ‘The flaw makes it possible for a website to embed malicious code (including more Trojans, worms and/or viruses) directly into a web page, and infect visitors instantly while visiting the site.’
      • ‘Formal copyrights and informal moral rights for the different parts of the Linux source code are embedded in the source code.’
    4. 1.4Design and build (a microprocessor) as an integral part of a system or device.
      ‘it eliminates the need for an embedded controller on the plotter’
      • ‘Cutting-edge techniques employed include embedding a microchip in the work and applying synthetically produced DNA in liquid, powder or glue form.’
      • ‘She probably had a tracking device embedded along with the other technology in her suitcase.’
      • ‘As a result, components embedded in these systems must be designed with high noise immunity and low noise generation.’
      • ‘Now, four-fifths of Hydroid's AUV orders are for embedded, integrated GPS systems.’
      • ‘Dr Van de Velde hopes to design clothes with invisibly embedded electronics capable of generating electric power from body heat or movement.’
      • ‘A small microchip is embedded into a debit or credit card and provides both highly secure memory and complex processing capabilities.’
      • ‘Imagine how much easier it would be to reorder parts using a system that automatically queries embedded chips every few minutes and accounts for parts as they are used.’
      • ‘The East Bay lab has been examining issues with low power embedded devices designed for instrumentation such as industrial and environmental monitoring for several years.’
      • ‘A microchip is embedded into the credit or debit card.’
      • ‘Expect to see diagnostic devices embedded into houses.’
      • ‘Cheap microprocessors are now embedded in everything from gas pumps to oil fryers.’
      • ‘The company has embedded a device in some of its watches that enables the wearer to load admission tickets.’
      • ‘Silicon and Software Systems designs chips for integrated circuits and embedded software for clients in the electronics industry.’
      • ‘Just because some futurist says that ‘everyone’ will soon be wearing clothing embedded with a location device does not make that a trend.’
      • ‘The wallet cellphone is the first to use a tiny computer chip embedded inside, similar to the smart cards that are used in subways throughout the world.’
      • ‘On the other hand, implanting a powerful one-size-fits-all embedded microprocessor can reduce battery life to worthless levels.’
  • 2Attach (a journalist) to a military unit during a conflict.

    ‘the CNN correspondent is now embedded with the US Navy aboard the USS Constellation’
    ‘check out the excellent blog of embedded journalist Michael’
    • ‘Well, most of the reporters are embedded with the Marines and the First Cavalry - one battalion in the First Cavalry.’
    • ‘CNN is based in the United States, and its reporters were embedded with coalition forces in part because of its association with the United States.’
    • ‘Task Force Danger encouraged leaders and soldiers to talk to the press and routinely embedded journalists and reporters with units.’
    • ‘Hirsh suffers from a kind of ‘Stockholm Syndrome,’ however, as one of the first journalists embedded with a military unit.’
    • ‘The U.S. military's decision to embed journalists in combat units prompted me to think about the value of embedding reporters as a journalistic technique.’
    • ‘Lisa, there were some American women journalists who were embedded with the military who knew what was going on firsthand.’
    • ‘The only exceptions are journalists embedded with US military units, a practice that many fear skews the reporting of the war.’
    • ‘Look at the way journalists were embedded during the conflict, folded into the media management operation.’
    • ‘If the public believes embedding journalists is a way for the Pentagon to control the news rather than to report it, the Army will have gained nothing.’
    • ‘While some reporters were embedded with the American military, Allbritton sent himself on assignment, never even asking permission to be in the country.’
    • ‘Reporters were embedded with units for three to four day periods.’
    • ‘The programs highlight the specific companies with which the journalists were embedded.’
    • ‘This is the first time ever that reporters have been imbedded with military units to report the war live and with less interference from the Pentagon.’
    • ‘Central to this was ensuring that the 600 journalists to be embedded with the military played their role.’
    • ‘We may never embedded reporters in the numbers seen during OIF.’
    • ‘The journalist was embedded with a marine battalion and was present during the Falluja offensive.’
    • ‘The U.S. war in Iraq began with an experiment, embedding reporters with U.S. military units in the field.’
    • ‘Alongside strategies like embedding journalists, continuous polling and selected release of information, the Rule of Law has become just another tool in the battle for the hearts and minds of the people.’
    • ‘Journalists who signed a contract with the military were embedded with units in every military branch.’
    • ‘In 2002 the Army and I pioneered the concept of embedding a journalist into the command center of a highly sensitive and in part classified operation, Anaconda.’


  • A journalist who is attached to a military unit during a conflict.

    • ‘Those embeds (like a police ride-along, only with the military instead of the police) really bring home the superiority of our military.’
    • ‘The journalists who covered the war, whether as unilaterals or embeds, will influence future coverage and carry their baggage from Iraq to the next battlefield.’
    • ‘Did any one else see the not-so-subtle difference between the reports from the embeds vs the roving reporters?’
    • ‘He seems to think that the ‘good news’ coverage of the 2003 invasion of Iraq resulted from having many embedded reporters but that the gloomy coverage since then somehow results from a lack of embeds.’
    • ‘Some independent-minded journalists chaffed at embed restrictions, which required embeds to stay with assigned units.’
    • ‘Many embeds have returned home, but units are still operating under extremely harsh conditions.’
    • ‘But the biggest problem I faced as an embed with the Marine grunts was that I found myself doing what journalists are warned from journalism school not to do: I found myself falling in love with my subject.’
    • ‘This morning MSNBC interviewed one of the producers from their news crew that visited al Qaqaa as embeds with the 101st Airborne, Second brigade on April 10th, 2003.’
    • ‘The Journal, for instance, wove together coverage from embeds, from the Pentagon's briefing centers in Qatar and Washington and unilaterals converging from numerous directions.’
    • ‘Not all the reporters assigned as embeds wanted the slot.’
    • ‘The extensive training and concomitant understanding the embeds received through the program, from boot camp to the day-to-day military routine, no doubt contributed to the quality of their coverage.’
    • ‘But what we have accomplished with embeds can continue.’
    • ‘Several embeds recount access to classified briefings, which helped them place their narrow observations in the field within the context of the operational idea of the campaign.’
    • ‘The embeds did a super job in the early days in Iraq.’
    • ‘The second significant criticism was that the embeds failed ‘to give a sense of the war as a whole.’’
    • ‘As a result, many viewers felt that the front-line footage provided by embeds was like watching a ‘war film’ rather than capturing the reality of war.’
    • ‘Many embeds remain, and their reports are excellent, but most of our news coverage now has returned to what has gone wrong and who's at fault, and antiwar activists again dominate ‘breaking news.’’
    • ‘The ‘real superstars of this war were those media journalists who were embeds,’ Wilkinson went on, boasting, ‘General Franks signs my cheque and I make news based on his terms.’’