Origin of insetMiddle English insetten ; from Old English insettan, to set in, appoint ; from in-, in + settan, to set
- a smaller picture or map set within the border of a larger one
- a piece of material set into a garment
transitive verbin·set, in·set·ting, in·sets
- To set in; insert.
- To furnish with an inset.
- Something set in, as:a. A small map or illustration set within a larger one.b. A leaf or group of pages inserted into a publication.c. A piece of material set into a garment as decoration or trim.
- a. An inflow, as of water.b. A channel.
(third-person singular simple present insets, present participle insetting, simple past and past participle inset)
From Middle English insetten, from Old English insettan (“to set in, institute, appoint”), equivalent to in- + set. Cognate with Dutch inzetten (“to insert, set in”), Low German insetten (“to set in”), German einsetzen (“to insert, employ”), Danish indsætte (“to insert”), Swedish insätta (“to inset, induct, institute”), Icelandic innsetja (“to install”).