[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.
Horticulture. .
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
noun (ˈɪnˌleɪ)
(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’)


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