Main definitions of inset in English

: inset1INSET2

inset1

noun

  • 1A thing that is put in or inserted.

    ‘a pair of doors with their original stained-glass insets’
    • ‘There are two reception rooms, both of which feature original fireplaces with oak surrounds and tiled insets.’
    • ‘Hardwood flooring lies underfoot and an unusual sandstone fireplace with cast-iron inset forms a focal point.’
    • ‘The fireplace alone is a spectacular feature with its marble inset and Adam-style frieze.’
    • ‘The detailing is exquisite; light filters in from unexpected high insets of glass fitted between the silver shells.’
    • ‘Our favorite vintage piece is a splendid jelly cabinet/cheese case, with original copper screen insets.’
    • ‘The room is dominated by a fitted gas fire with an ornate timber surround and original tiled inset.’
    • ‘An enclosed entrance porch leads to the original front door with stained glass insets, beyond which is the spacious entrance hallway.’
    • ‘The front door, which has a stained glass inset, opens into a bright hall, which has spotlighting and understairs storage.’
    • ‘Both are generously proportioned and include original cast iron fireplaces with tiled insets along with original polished timber floors.’
    • ‘The front door, which has stained glass insets, opens into a hall with a dado rail and polished timber floorboards.’
    • ‘The well proportioned interconnecting receptions each have ornate ceiling cornicing as well as original Italian marble fireplaces with tiled insets.’
    • ‘One highlight of his first collection is a table made of a timber frame with an inset featuring a panel of woven willow, covered with glass.’
    • ‘This versatile style features a richly stained frame with a wicker inset.’
    • ‘It's finished to a very high standard and one of the main features is an open plan roof with a timber inset, and a raised fireplace.’
    • ‘The original ornate fireplace with a tiled inset forms the focal point and the window has great views over Sandymount Strand.’
    • ‘Both have polished floorboards, original cast iron fireplaces with tiled insets and ornate period plasterwork.’
    • ‘Both rooms retain their original marble fireplaces with tiled insets, as well as ceiling cornices, centre roses and picture rails.’
    • ‘A carved Adam-style fireplace with brass inset provides a focal point.’
    • ‘Thomson said the stone would have individual plaques for each victim that he would create out of bronze with insets of pounamu.’
    • ‘In the front bedroom, an ornate fireplace with a cast-iron inset and slate hearth forms the focal point.’
    1. 1.1 A small picture or map inserted within the border of a larger one.
      • ‘The main picture would show the agony and the ecstasy in the player's face; the inset would show the dartboard.’
      • ‘Single RyR2 channel currents recorded simultaneously with fluorescence are shown in the insets in panels A-C of the figure.’
      • ‘The boundaries of each inset must be shown precisely on the proposals map and the proposals shown on an inset must not appear on the main map.’
      • ‘The weighted residuals (Fig.5 inset, a-c, respectively) look nearly identical.’
      • ‘In the inset to Fig.6 a we identify three states with extremal free energies.’
      • ‘The inset in Fig.3B shows a picture of stem segments incubated for the respective time on either 10 M IAA or 10 M IBA.’
      • ‘However, one of the pictures produced in Magill featured an inset of a business card, and, by a strange coincidence, this part of the picture which was published in Ireland on Sunday appears to have been blanked out.’
      • ‘The recovery of the ground-state absorption band in the inset of Fig.4B shows a rise time of 300 ms.’
      • ‘The study area map shows only the northwestern corner of the Yukon and lacks both an inset to orient the reader within this part of the Arctic and a scale.’
      • ‘The inset shows the inferred origin of six arrangements from the Tree Line common ancestor.’
      • ‘The panel inset in Figure 6 is an enlargement of the area between 740 nm and 820 run-the area of the near-infrared region used in this analysis.’
      • ‘The inset in the bottom panel of Fig.10 B also shows the rise in diastolic Na in the bulk cytosolic space that takes place as frequency is increased in the model.’
      • ‘The book has a twenty-four-page inset of pictures of Walcott, his family, friends, and associates, his sketches, and his productions.’
      • ‘The surface epithelium, however, was coated by a fuzzy blue, hematoxyphilic layer, as illustrated in the inset in the Figure, part a.’
      • ‘A charge distribution model that meets this requirement is illustrated in the inset of Fig.15 A.’
      • ‘To visualize these multiple decay components, the inset in Fig.12 A shows a logarithmic plot of the anisotropy decay and the corresponding fit curve.’
      • ‘The maps will also contain mosaic video insets reflecting particular elements of the situation on the ground in the interest of target designation for strike assets and assessing the results of effective engagement.’
      • ‘A small portrait, as an inset in all these posters, had the answer.’
      • ‘The inset shows ELAV-positive cells within the clone in the ventral eye.’
      • ‘The maps included in the book are useful, although insets of a larger area - think National Geographic - would have been very welcome, especially to those less familiar with Chinese geography.’
    2. 1.2 A section of cloth or needlework inserted into a garment.
      ‘elastic insets in the waistband’
      • ‘Grids of rice-paper squares punctuated by areas of stitching and little insets of lace and netting suggest quilts, while lacy edgings connote pillowcases and hand towels.’
      • ‘She's going to make me some yummy blue PVC pants and a matching top, with black mesh insets down the sides.’
      • ‘Her tones were rich but muted, especially a satin of Prussian blue, while she added brilliance to chic black evening gowns with splashes of fuchsia insets or beadwork.’
      • ‘The hint of flare was woefully insufficient and so subtle bright red insets had to be added for extra width.’
      • ‘James Fereira added pleated insets to the split palla.’
    3. 1.3 An insert in a magazine or other publication.
      • ‘I was bemused by the four advertisement insets adorning the right side of the aforementioned article.’
      enclosure, insertion, inset, inlay, addition, supplement
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verb

  • 1Put in (something) as an inset.

    ‘washbasins are usually inset into a toilet table to form a vanity unit’
    • ‘After chiseling inset the latchbolt and plate to mark screw holes.’
    • ‘Space was layered by means of sliding partitions at times inset with sections of clear glass so that one part of the apartment is transformed while another is glimpsed.’
    • ‘The panel is inset with an irregular pattern of boxed display shelves.’
    • ‘The pressed glass turtlebacks inset into the base were used in a variety of ways at Tiffany Studios.’
    • ‘The grip panels are inset with a gold company medallion, a motif that harkens back to old Colts and pleases some traditionalists, such as yours truly.’
    • ‘Stepping-stones were inset into the now-calmer inclines, facilitating access.’
    • ‘Designed by Caroline Tomlinson and Luke Miles, each piece is adorned with a simple repeated motif of circles, and with a high gloss finish, tables are inset with tea lights.’
    • ‘The studio proofs will include seven layers of gold acrylic and two diamonds inset into the print.’
    • ‘It consists of a range of Tuscan columns fronting a sturdy back wall with niches inset into it.’
    • ‘Lifts are surrounded by glowing glass; and luminous white glass boxes are inset into the bar's polished stone counter in the ground floor cafe.’
    • ‘My laptop's desktop was plain white until I found his site; now it's plain white with a rotating set of mysterious rooms inset in the centre.’
    • ‘One way to accomplish this is to inset a message box.’
    • ‘The windows were broken so many times that eventually the glass had to be inset with metal bars.’
    • ‘Personally I would have liked to see it either be hidden a little better, or totally remove the door and just inset the connections into the acrylic.’
    • ‘Three clear bladed fans are inset in the unit, one at the rear, one at the front and one below.’
    • ‘An interactive hologram in the form of a shapely mink was inset in the wall to the side, and served as doorkeeper.’
    • ‘They are inset into the plexiglas, so even when the front panel lights up the LED's still shine through.’
    • ‘Large elliptical bins in each door, curved door handles and door levers inset into semi-spherical recesses continue the curvy theme.’
    • ‘That spacing is not around any visible morphological feature of the embryo, but around a circle of smaller radius, inset a fixed distance from the edge of the disc.’
    • ‘Article ads that got seen the most were ones inset into article text.’
    insert, interpose, introduce, enter, add, incorporate, implant, build, put
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    1. 1.1 Decorate with an inset.
      ‘tables inset with ceramic tiles’
      • ‘To one side of the balcony door, nearer the bed, stood a substantial armoir, again in mahogany, with etched jade panels inset into its double doors.’
      • ‘Entering through the flagstone wall, the lobby's black terrazzo floor is inset with fragments of locally mined gems and copper ore.’
      • ‘A chunky silver medallion slung around his neck is inset with over 200 carats worth of diamonds.’
      • ‘Many tweeds shown on the catwalk had raw fringes and the fabric could be inset with jewel rhinestones.’
      • ‘The laces on one side had changed from their normal red to a deep scarlet, almost like they were inset with tiny rubies.’
      • ‘The arch was inset with sculptural reliefs depicting the campaigns of the French armies in Italy, while in front and behind it there stood figures of Liberty and Triumph on circular podia.’
      inset, set, enchased, ornamented, decorated, studded, lined, panelled, tiled
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Pronunciation

inset

/ˈɪnsɛt/

Main definitions of inset in English

: inset1INSET2

INSET2

noun

mass noun
  • Training during term time for teachers in British and South African state schools.

    ‘a heavy investment in INSET is needed’
    as modifier ‘the school's INSET programme’

Origin

1970s: acronym from in-service education and training.

Pronunciation

INSET

/ˈɪnsɛt/