in·set • n. / ˈinˌset/ a thing that is put in or inserted: a pair of doors with their original stained-glass insets. ∎ a small picture or map inserted within the border of a larger one. ∎ a section of fabric or needlework inserted into the material of a garment: elastic insets in the waistband. ∎ an insert in a magazine or similar publication.• v. / inˈset/ (-set·ting; past and past part. -set or -set·ted) (usu. be inset) put in (something, esp. a small picture or map) as an inset: type in the text to be inset. ∎ decorate with an inset: tables inset with ceramic tiles.DERIVATIVES: in·set·ter n.