Definitions for: Inlay

[n] a decoration made by fitting pieces of wood into prepared slots in a surface
[n] (dentistry) a filling consisting of a solid substance (as gold or porcelain) fitted to a cavity in a tooth and cemented into place
[v] decorate the surface of by inserting wood, stone, and metal

Webster (1913) Definition: In*lay", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inlaied; p. pr. & vb. n.
To lay within; hence, to insert, as pieces of pearl, iviry,
choice woods, or the like, in a groundwork of some other
material; to form an ornamental surface; to diversify or
adorn with insertions.

Look,how the floor of heaven Is thick inlaid with
patines of bright gold. --Shak.

But these things are . . . borrowed by the monks to
inlay their story. --Milton.

In"lay`, n.
Matter or pieces of wood, ivory, etc., inlaid, or prepared
for inlaying; that which is inserted or inlaid for ornament
or variety.

Crocus and hyacinth with rich inlay Broidered the
ground. --Milton.

The sloping of the moonlit sward Was damask work, and
deep inlay Of braided blooms. --Tennyson.

See Also: adorn, beautify, damascene, decorate, decoration, embellish, filling, grace, hatch, marqueterie, marquetry, ornament, ornament, ornamentation, parqueterie, parquetry

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