Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a. 1 constructed as a non-detachable part of a larger structure 2 being an essential and permanent part of something 3 being an included feature that normally comes as an extra n. Anything (such as a piece of furniture, or a software feature) that is built in, not added as an extra.
Built-in, builtin, or built in may more specifically refer to:
- Built-in account
- Built-in behavior
- Built-in furniture
- Built-in inflation, a type of inflation that results from past events and persists in the present
- Built-in obsolescence
- Built-in self-test, a mechanism that permits a machine to test itself
- Built-in stabiliser
- Built-in type
- Shell builtin, a command or a function executed directly in the shell itself
- Builtin function, another name for Intrinsic function
Usage examples of "built-in".
There was nothing threatening about her presence and nothing outright illegal about what they were doing, but Andi purposefully neglected to put in the cassette--she left the headphones on the table and flicked the switch for its built-in speaker.
Finn led the way, surprisingly catfooted for such a bulky, clumsy-looking man, his HK54A2 with the drum mag and built-in silencer in his beefy hands.
Despacio had been one of the few free converts who did not have a built-in expiration date written into his coding.
The girl was sitting on a built-in cucking stool at one end of the cage.
To the left of the door was an Eastlake cabinet with a retractable tin counter and a built-in flour bin and sifter.
The implications were staggering: a built-in mechanism existed to correct frameshifts, a built-in way of keeping certain fully functional bits of the genetic code from becoming active.
A houseboy or something in a turtleneck and whipcord trousers answered the door of a gray stone house on the edge of the nearby town and showed me into a room paneled in fruitwood with potted plants on the built-in shelves.
Tom slipped the garrote from his pocket, disposed of the man without trouble, took his keys, and manhandled the limp body into the bottom cabinet of a built-in china hutch where nobody was likely to look.
Unfortunately his hands must be restrained so that he may not assault the gaolers with his built-in weaponry.
Except that people tend to figure out how they think they should stand and move, rather than trusting their built-in mechanism, their kinesthetic sense.
I announced, supported by facts I felt no need to produce, that we were pitched in a final footrace, not between Manichaean political ideologies but between inventiveness and built-in insanity.
In the living room the walls are covered with paintings, the best of the current crop, and the mantel, coffee table, Directoire Palissandre table, Louis XVI Harlequin table and built-in shelves between the windows are covered with sculpture: a tiny gold wire horse, little greened-copper figures, things that look like icicles and sand castles of brass.
They had internal armor, steelmesh under their skin, servomotors in their muscles, inhuman speed, and built-in disrupters.
Also, as Khaki was an Arab from one of those sheikdoms that Washington was always trying to reach on the sly, he had certain built-in protections that came when the government concluded back-channel negotiations with politically unpopular people.
And there were built-in shutoffs if the emotional surge threatened body-health.