[verb in-ley, in-ley; noun in-ley] /verb ˈɪnˌleɪ, ˌɪnˈleɪ; noun ˈɪnˌleɪ/
verb (used with object), inlaid, inlaying.
to decorate (an object) with of fine materials set in its surface:
to inlay a chest with lighter wood.
to insert or apply (layers of fine materials) in the surface of an object:
to inlay marble in a tabletop.
Horticulture. to place (a fitted scion) into a prepared stock, as in a method of grafting.
a layer of fine material inserted in something else, especially for ornament.
a design or decoration made by inlaying.
Dentistry. a filling of metal, porcelain, or the like, that is first shaped to fit a cavity and then cemented into it.
the act or process of inlaying.
verb (transitive) (ɪnˈleɪ) -lays, -laying, -laid
to decorate (an article, esp of furniture, or a surface) by inserting pieces of wood, ivory, etc, into prepared slots in the surface
(dentistry) a filling, made of gold, porcelain, etc, inserted into a cavity and held in position by cement
decoration made by inlaying
an inlaid article, surface, etc
1590s (v.), 1650s (n.), from in + lay. Related: Inlaid.
inlay in·lay (ĭn’lā’, ĭn-lā’)
noun, Horticulture. 1. a graft in which the scion is matched into a place in the stock from which a piece of corresponding bark has been removed. inlay graft n. A skin graft wrapped around a stent of dental compound and inserted into a prepared surgical pocket. Also called Esser graft.
- In league with
Also, in cahoots with. In close cooperation or in partnership with, often secretly or in a conspiracy. For example, “For anybody on the road might be a robber, or in league with robbers” (Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1859), or We suspect that the mayor is in cahoots with the construction industry. The […]
- In left field
see: out in left field
[noun in-let, -lit; verb in-let, in-let] /noun ˈɪn lɛt, -lɪt; verb ˈɪnˌlɛt, ɪnˈlɛt/ noun 1. an indentation of a shoreline, usually long and narrow; small bay or arm. 2. a narrow passage between islands. 3. a place of admission; entrance. 4. something put or inserted. verb (used with object), inlet, inletting. 5. to put in; […]