• WordNet 3.6
    • v inset set or place in
    • n inset a piece of material used to strengthen or enlarge a garment
    • n inset an artifact that is inserted or is to be inserted
    • n inset a small picture inserted within the bounds or a larger one
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Ornately engraved flowers, with an inset portrait of Mrs Browning Ornately engraved flowers, with an inset portrait of Mrs Browning

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inset (Bookbinding) A page or pages of advertisements inserted.
    • Inset (Bookbinding) A portion of the printed sheet in certain sizes of books which is cut off before folding, and set into the middle of the folded sheet to complete the succession of paging; -- also called offcut.
    • Inset One or more separate leaves inserted in a volume before binding;
    • Inset That which is inserted or set in; an insertion.
    • v. t Inset To infix.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inset To set in; infix or implant.
    • n inset That which is set in; an insertion; specifically, in bookbinding, a leaf or leaves inserted in other leaves previously folded, usually in the center of the folding. The inset of a sheet of duodecimo consists of the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth pages of the sheet. A map or print specially inserted in a book is also an inset.
    • n inset Influx, as of the tide.
    • n inset Same as ingate, 2.
    • inset To add (a leaf or leaves) within the folded sections of a book, or between the sections, as a map, a printed illustration, or an advertisement.
    • n inset A small picture or diagram inserted within the border of a larger one.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Inset in′set something set in, an insertion, esp. a leaf or leaves inserted in other leaves already folded
    • v.t Inset to set in, to infix or implant
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In literature:

She was twisting at an inset handle around which faint lines indicated the door edge.
"Valley of the Croen" by Lee Tarbell
An important item of the same change is to be found in the management of the insets, or some of them.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1" by George Saintsbury
The cement makes the most lasting bond in a mixture of this kind; moreover, the pebbly finish was effective and darker for the insets.
"Child and Country" by Will Levington Comfort
One of the men brushed him aside and pulled at the inset handle.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
Coleman took a plastic box out of his pocket and held his thumb over a switch inset into its top.
"The Velvet Glove" by Harry Harrison
The insets are held by the buttons and taken from their places.
"Dr. Montessori's Own Handbook" by Maria Montessori
When the color ceased to increase, Carse pulled the second switch, and moved close to the grille inset in a small panel above the case.
"The Passing of Ku Sui" by Anthony Gilmore
In the wide end of the cone, inset so it wouldn't touch the eye, was a lens.
"The Blue Ghost Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
There was an inset ring of some cupra-alloy at each end of the duelling court, about a meter in diameter.
"Evil Out of Onzar" by Mark Ganes
Insets "Entrance to the River Niagara" and "Survey of the Mouth of the River Detroit.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
The circular inset ring that marked the hatchway entry port was a few feet from where his rope was hooked.
"The Secret of the Ninth Planet" by Donald Allen Wollheim
Small looking-glasses were carried, and were also inset on the round feather fans.
"Dress design" by Talbot Hughes
A racial memory, inset against the forest scenery, flashed suddenly through the depths laid bare.
"The Wolves of God" by Algernon Blackwood
The metal insets are in dimension and form a reproduction of the series of plane geometric insets in wood already described.
"The Montessori Method" by Maria Montessori
A gorgeous piece of furniture, of some delicate light wood, with gilt and ivory insets.
"The Chase of the Ruby" by Richard Marsh
One layer glides over another, and the stones inset in each are ground and smoothed and scratched.
"The Elements of Geology" by William Harmon Norton
Word sources are given in italics, inset by two spaces.
"An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language" by John Jamieson
His grey eyes, frank and fearless, are rather deeply inset.
"Life in a Railway Factory" by Alfred Williams
Inset in the pocket, under a thatched pointed roof, was a rudely carved figure of the Saviour hanging from a cross.
"The Wolf Cub" by Patrick Casey
A small inset in Plate XVIII.
"Stained Glass of the Middle Ages in England and France" by Hugh Arnold

In news:

Yellow jackets (above inset) are especially aggressive this time of year.
Remove most of the waste with a straight bit (see inset), using a router with a template guide.
Inset, New York Times columnist Andrew Rosenthal.
Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal in "Won't Back Down " (inset: Daniel Barnz).
Draper has also added Velcro® straps for stronger tie-down support, wheels for easy movement, and an ergonomic inset handle to avoid stress on the arm when moving.
Photo insets show Mark Huesmann who was allegedly assaulted and murdered by Dane Riley.
Dave Hogan, Getty Images (Inset: MTV).
Reinhold Weege (inset) Photo Credits: Kobal Collection.
Gabriel Aubry, Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez (Inset).
Helen Mirren in Hitchcock (inset: Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins).
I also have her wedding slip which she sewed with lots of tucks inset with her own handmade lace.
Logan Lerman in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (inset: Emma Watson, Lerman and Ezra Miller).
Postman and D. The galaxy MACS0647-JD (inset) appears very young and is only a fraction of the size of our own Milky Way.
Queen Elizabeth Parachuting Olympic Games Inset.
Otto Treumann, author of Anne Frank, A History for Today, was a boy, inset photo, when the Nazis came to power, and he found himself fascinated by their nationalistic fervor.

In science:

The two possible mechanisms are compared in the inset of Fig. 1.
Energy landscapes in random systems, driven interfaces and wetting
The inset shows the disorderaveraged jump distance h∆z1 i vs. L and shows that the interface response geometry scales linearly with L (as discussed above).
Energy landscapes in random systems, driven interfaces and wetting
The inset shows the tails in the natural-log-scale.
Energy landscapes in random systems, driven interfaces and wetting
In the inset M (t) is plotted in the coordinate (√t, log M (t)), where we confirm the dependence of (14).
Nonexponential Relaxation of Magnetization at the Resonant Tunneling Point under a Fluctuating Random Noise
In the inset the same quantity is shown for the q = 4 state RQPM at the same distance from the critical point.
Griffiths-McCoy singularities in random quantum spin chains: Exact results through renormalization
Inset shows how the L → ∞ scaling form (thick line) is approached by the finite-size σ ′ (ω , L) calculated from the RG for the given initial conditions (the lines plotted here are the same as in the main panel).
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
Our theory is undoubtedly valid at small x (see inset to Figure 1).
Random field based model of mixed ferroelectrics phase diagram
The inset shows that z − β J is always positive, and since 2J is the largest eigenvalue of Jλ one can see that indeed 2z > 2β Jλ for all λ as assumed earlier.
Dynamics of relaxor ferroelectrics
The crossover can be qualitatively described by the present dynamic SRBRF model, as shown in the inset of Fig. 5.
Dynamics of relaxor ferroelectrics
Inset: Proof that z − βJ > 0 at all temperatures.
Dynamics of relaxor ferroelectrics
T , ω) = χ′ inset shows the crossover from the decreasing paraelectric-like to increasing glass-like behavior in the quasistatic regime above the peak.
Dynamics of relaxor ferroelectrics
The inset shows the 8-point slope of the presented data again yielding an exponent 2 in the limit of small field amplitudes.
Ground states versus low-temperature equilibria in random field Ising chains
The validity is clear from the scaling plots shown in the insets of Fig. 6.
Numerical Study of Aging in the Generalized Random Energy Model
In the inset, t2 part of data is omitted and t1 and t3 parts are connected for comparison with the unperturbed data (dotted line).
Numerical Study of Aging in the Generalized Random Energy Model
Inset a: A probe weakly scattered by a randomly occupied lattice.
Random Scattering by Atomic Density Fluctuations in Optical Lattices