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inlay

verb in·lay \ (ˌ)in-ˈlā , ˈin-ˌlā \
|Updated on: 5 Aug 2018

Definition of inlay

inlaid play \(ˌ)in-ˈlād, ˈin-ˌlād\; inlaying
1 a : to set into a surface or ground material
b : to adorn with insertions
c : to insert (something, such as a color plate) into a mat or other reinforcement
2 : to rub, beat, or fuse (something, such as wire) into an incision in metal, wood, or stone

inlayer

noun

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First Known Use of inlay

1596

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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inlay

noun in·lay \ ˈin-ˌlā \

Definition of inlay

1 : inlaid work or a decorative inlaid pattern
2 : a tooth filling shaped to fit a cavity and then cemented into place

Examples of inlay in a Sentence

  1. The cabinet doors are decorated with inlays.

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First Known Use of inlay

1667

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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INLAY Defined for English Language Learners

inlay

Definition of inlay for English Language Learners

  • : to set pieces of wood, metal, etc., into the surface of (something) for decoration


inlay

Definition of inlay for English Language Learners

  • : material that is set into the surface of something for decoration : inlaid material


INLAY Defined for Kids

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inlay

verb in·lay \ ˈin-ˈlā \

Definition of inlay for Students

inlaid \-ˈlād\; inlaying
: to set into a surface for decoration or strengthening

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inlay

noun in·lay \ ˈin-ˌlā \

Definition of inlay for Students

: inlaid work : material used in inlaying

Medical Dictionary

inlay

noun in·lay \ ˈin-ˌlā \

medical Definition of inlay

1 : a tooth filling shaped to fit a cavity and then cemented into place
2 : a piece of tissue (as bone) laid into the site of missing tissue to cover a defect


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