inlay

verb
in·​lay | \(ˌ)in-ˈlā, ˈin-ˌlā \
inlaid\(ˌ)in-​ˈlād, ˈin-​ˌlād \; inlaying

Definition of inlay 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

inlay

noun
in·​lay | \ˈin-ˌlā \

Definition of inlay (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : inlaid work or a decorative inlaid pattern

2 : a tooth filling shaped to fit a cavity and then cemented into place

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Verb

inlayer noun

Examples of inlay in a Sentence

Noun

The cabinet doors are decorated with inlays.

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It is currently presented as two duplexes with prewar details such as wainscoting, medallions, inlaid mahogany floors and mantles. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "Live In The Footsteps Of Young Lena Horne In This Brooklyn Brownstone For Sale," 14 Nov. 2016 The guest compartments, inlaid with cherrywood and hung in Thai fabrics, are like Victorian dollhouses. Jo Rodgers, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Romantic Way to Get From Singapore to Bangkok," 7 Sep. 2018 Called the Round House, the 5,814 square-foot design is shaped like a half-circle for the most part and incorporates elements of stone, wood and glass alongside onyx terrazzo and brass inlaid concrete floors. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "This eclectic, circular midcentury house could be yours for $1.7M," 16 Aug. 2018 Those with a knack for traveling light will relish in Flesh Beauty's on-the-go Flipbook; 100 pages of easy-to-apply makeup papers, carefully inlaid with bronzer, shimmering highlighter and rosy blush—that's our kind of fall read. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Only 14 Beauty Products You Need to Buy This Fall," 6 Sep. 2016 Image Mayan tooth inlaid with jade This example dates from A.D. 500 to 1000 and is a good example of the Mayan skill at drilling holes in teeth, presumably without touching the gum, and setting in precious stones. Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times, "This Exhibition Has Real Bite," 7 June 2018 Delicate floral designs inlaid with semi-precious stones, such as lapis lazuli, red agate, amethyst, abalone, jasper and mother-of-pearl, decorate a variety of marbles and contrast with the more traditional geometric ceramic details. Jim Berleley, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Dubai," 5 Oct. 2016 Her playful fine jewelry (inlaid with turquoise and pearl) fuses her northern background with her adopted home’s cosmopolitan verve. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Latina Cool Girl’s Guide to Mexico City," 4 June 2018 There is the 3-foot-high, peacock-feather gear for battling flies, inlaid with diamonds and set with bands of gold tinsel, presented to the prince on his official entry into Jaipur. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Souvenirs of a Prince’s Passage to India," 18 May 2018

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The desk, made with ivory and mother of pearl inlays, is considered a masterpiece of Pietro Piffetti, one of the most important ebony carpenters of his time. Simone Somekh, The Seattle Times, "Italian antique desk once displayed in NYC’s Met recovered," 24 July 2018 Loughry, whose $353,000 in renovations included a $32,000 blue suede couch and a $7,500 wood-inlay floor map of West Virginia, has blamed former court administrator Steve Canterbury for the spending and fired him in January 2017. John Raby, The Seattle Times, "Trials adding up for West Virginia Supreme Court justices," 2 Oct. 2018 Fit for a caliph Glass inlays of clear and purple geometric shapes and multicolored millefiori tiles, along with elaborate mosaics, decorated the walls of the audience chamber at Dar al-Kilafa palace. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Medieval artisans built a glass-walled palace in the desert," 31 Aug. 2018 The Australian/New Zealand box art will have a double-sided inlay, according to Basketball Australia. Nick Tricome, Philly.com, "Sixers' Ben Simmons will be on NBA 2K19 cover … in Australia," 5 July 2018 Aside from its stables, Chantilly is also known for its lace production, and lashings appeared throughout the collection as graphic inlays, dense ruffles and skirt pleats. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "A Woman’s Rodeo, Designed by Dior," 26 May 2018 The touches added by Elvis include gold-tone hardware, custom woodwork and inlays, red velvet seats and red shag carpet. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "You can now bid to buy Elvis Presley's private jet; sold 'as is'," 22 June 2018 Resin terrazzo can’t be used outdoors, though, says Krause—that’s why large floors still tend to be concrete-based, and have brass inlays that create breathing space to prevent crazing and cracking. Jessica Furseth, Curbed, "How terrazzo made a comeback," 13 June 2018 Bone inlay furniture and handmade mirrors fill out the floor plan. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Hot Property: Joey McIntyre bids adieu to his familiar L.A. block," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of inlay

Verb

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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inlay

verb

English Language Learners Definition of inlay

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

inlay

noun

English Language Learners Definition of inlay (Entry 2 of 2)

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

inlay

verb
in·​lay | \ˈin-ˈlā \
inlaid\-​ˈlād \; inlaying

Kids Definition of inlay

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to set into a surface for decoration or strengthening

inlay

noun
in·​lay | \ˈin-ˌlā \

Kids Definition of inlay (Entry 2 of 2)

: inlaid work : material used in inlaying

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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