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tr.v. in·sert·ed, in·sert·ing, in·serts
1. To put or set into, between, or among: inserted the key in the lock; insert a shim between a door jamb and frame. See Synonyms at introduce.
2. To put or introduce into the body of something; interpolate: insert an illustration into a text.
3. To place into an orbit, trajectory, or stream.
4. To put into action: inserted a rookie into the lineup.
n. (ĭn′sûrt′)
Something inserted or intended for insertion, as a picture or chart into written material.

[Latin īnserere, īnsert- : in-, in; see in-2 + serere, to join; see ser- in Indo-European roots.]

in·sert′er n.


1. (Anatomy) anatomy (of a muscle) attached to the bone that it moves
2. (Botany) botany (of parts of a plant) growing from another part, as stamens from the corolla
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But high above the flying scud and dark-rolling clouds, there floated a little isle of sunlight, from which beamed forth an angel's face; and this bright face shed a distinct spot of radiance upon the ship's tossed deck, something like that silver plate now inserted into the Victory's plank where Nelson fell.
But with the whale, these two sashes are separately inserted, making two distinct windows, but sadly impairing the view.
In a knot-hole of the garret, that had opened, she had inserted the neck of an old bottle, in such a manner that when there was the least wind, most doleful and lugubrious wailing sounds proceeded from it, which, in a high wind, increased to a perfect shriek, such as to credulous and superstitious ears might easily seem to be that of horror and despair.
These extracts have been inserted since the lecture was read -HDT]
We put in a little iron pump, one of the first turned out by my works near the capital; we bored into a stone reservoir which stood against the outer wall of the well-chamber and inserted a section of lead pipe that was long enough to reach to the door of the chapel and project beyond the threshold, where the gushing water would be visible to the two hundred and fifty acres of people I was intending should be present on the flat plain in front of this little holy hillock at the proper time.
In due course the superintendent stood up in front of the pulpit, with a closed hymn-book in his hand and his forefinger inserted between its leaves, and commanded attention.
If no other provisions have been inserted in the document -- or if, being inserted, those other provisions should be discovered to have failed also -- I believe it to be impossible (especially if evidence can be found that the admiral himself considered the Trust binding on him) for the executors to deal with your husband's fortune as legally forming part of Admiral Bartram's estate.
Agatha had inserted a steely finger between her ribs, and was tickling her unendurably.
One of the faults they find with this history," said the bachelor, "is that its author inserted in it a novel called 'The Ill-advised Curiosity;' not that it is bad or ill-told, but that it is out of place and has nothing to do with the history of his worship Senor Don Quixote.
This restriction implies an admission that, if it were not inserted, the States would possess the power it excludes; and it implies a further admission, that as to all other taxes, the authority of the States remains undiminished.