embed[em bed′, im-; for n. em′bed′]
A new tree embedded in the earth.
- An example of embed is when you firmly plant an idea in another person's head.
- An example of embed is when you put a stick very firmly and deeply into the ground.
transitive verbembedded, embedding
- to set (flowers, etc.) in earth
- to set or fix firmly in a surrounding mass: to embed tiles in cement
- to fix in the mind, memory, etc.
- Comput. to insert (an identification code, a virus, a routine for monitoring access, etc.) into a software program
- to assign (an observer) to a group engaged in some activity: to embed journalists with a combat unit
verbem·bed·ded, em·bed·ding, em·beds also im·bed·ded or im·bed·ding or im·beds
- To fix firmly in a surrounding mass: embed a post in concrete; fossils embedded in shale.
- a. To cause to be an integral part of a surrounding whole: “a minor accuracy embedded in a larger untruth” (Ian Jack).b. Linguistics To insert or position (a clause or phrase) within a clause or phrase.c. Computers To insert (a virus, for example) into a software program.
- To assign (a journalist) to travel with a military unit during an armed conflict.
- Biology To enclose (a specimen) in a supporting material before sectioning for microscopic examination.
(third-person singular simple present embeds, present participle embedding, simple past and past participle embedded)
- To lay as in a bed; to lay in surrounding matter; to bed; as, to embed a thing in clay, mortar, or sand.
- (by extension) To include in surrounding matter.
- We wanted to embed our reporter with the Fifth Infantry Division, but the Army would have none of it.
- (computing) To encapsulate within another document or data file (unrelated to the other computing meaning of embedded as in embedded system).
- The instructions showed how to embed a chart from the spreadsheet within the wordprocessor document.
- (mathematics) To define a one-to-one function from (one set) to another so that certain properties of the domain are preserved when considering the image as a subset of the codomain.
- The torus can be embedded in .
- An embedded reporter/journalist: a war reporter assigned to and travelling with a military unit.
- (computing) An item embedded in another document.
From em- + bed.