ETYM Latin insertio: cf. French insertion. Related to Insert.
The act of putting one thing into another; SYN. introduction, intromission.
ETYM Latin integratio a renewing, restoring: cf. French intégration.
(business) merger of two firms. Vertical integration occurs if the two firms are at different stages of the production process. Forward integration occurs when a firm takes over a company which buys its products, such as an automobile manufacturer taking over an automobile dealership. Backward integration occurs when one firm takes over another which supplies it, such as an automobile manufacturer taking over an automobile components company. Horizontal integration occurs if the two firms are at the same stage of the production process, such as one automobile manufacturer merging with another automobile manufacturer.1. An operation used in the calculus whereby the integral of a function is determined.
2. The action of incorporating a racial or religious group into a community; SYN. integrating, desegregation.