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From em- +‎ bed.



embed (third-person singular simple present embeds, present participle embedding, simple past and past participle embedded)

  1. To lay as in a bed; to lay in surrounding matter; to bed; as, to embed a thing in clay, mortar, or sand.
    • 1859, Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species:
      I have given my reasons for believing that … ; and that blank intervals of vast duration, as far as fossils are concerned, occurred during the periods when the bed of the sea was either stationary or rising, and likewise when sediment was not thrown down quickly enough to embed and preserve organic remains.
  2. (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.
  3. (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.
  4. (mathematics, transitive) 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 S^1\times S^1 can be embedded in \mathbb{R}^3.


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embed (plural embeds)

  1. An embedded reporter/journalist: a war reporter assigned to and travelling with a military unit.
  2. (computing) An item embedded in another document.
    • 2011, Steve Fulton, Jeff Fulton, HTML5 Canvas (page 265)
      Adding controls, looping, and autoplay to an HTML5 video embed is simple.

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