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Inset \In"set\, n.

  1. That which is inserted or set in; an insertion.

  2. (Bookbinding) One or more separate leaves inserted in a volume before binding; as:

    1. A portion of the printed sheet in certain sizes of books which is cut off before folding, and set into the middle of the folded sheet to complete the succession of paging; -- also called offcut.

    2. A page or pages of advertisements inserted.

  1. 1 Cut off. 2 excess; surplus. n. A piece that has been cut off of a larger piece when not needed; surplus. v

  2. (context transitive English) To cut off.

Usage examples of "offcut".

He completed a plait and tied it with a thin strip from the offcut of her skirt.

The Queen gathered the offcuts together and put them in the box room preparing for the day when they would be woven back and relaid in Buckingham Palace.

The lino was irregular offcuts from downstairs, and in places, gray floorboards showed.

I make a solid block of gleaming material, and then I begin to carve, saving my offcuts to be glued and polished and used later.

We discovered that we had loads in common and like me, he knows all the famous designers and places to get offcuts of fabric, and often goes down to Portobello to trawl round the vintage clothes shops.

The workshop floor was strewn with straw and sawdust, offcuts from his contraption.