from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To fix firmly in a surrounding mass: embed a post in concrete; fossils embedded in shale.
  • transitive v. To enclose snugly or firmly.
  • transitive v. To cause to be an integral part of a surrounding whole: "a minor accuracy embedded in a larger untruth” ( Ian Jack).
  • transitive v. To assign (a journalist) to travel with a military unit during an armed conflict.
  • transitive v. Biology To enclose (a specimen) in a supporting material before sectioning for microscopic examination.
  • intransitive v. To become embedded: The harpoon struck but did not embed.
  • n. One that is embedded, especially a journalist who is assigned to an active military unit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To lay as in a bed; to lay in surrounding matter; to bed; as, to embed a thing in clay, mortar, or sand.
  • v. To include in surrounding matter.
  • v. To encapsulate within another document or data file (unrelated to the other computing meaning of embedded as in embedded system).
  • v. 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.
  • n. Short for embedded reporter/journalist, a war reporter assigned to and travelling with a military unit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To lay as in a bed; to lay in surrounding matter; to bed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lay in or as in a bed; lay in surrounding matter: as, to embed a thing in clay or sand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fix or set securely or deeply
  • v. attach to, as a journalist to a military unit when reporting on a war


From em- +‎ bed. (Wiktionary)



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