inlay

verb
in·​lay | \ (ˌ)in-ˈlā How to pronounce inlay (audio) , ˈin-ˌlā How to pronounce inlay (audio) \
inlaid\ (ˌ)in-​ˈlād How to pronounce inlaid (audio) , 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 How to pronounce inlay (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The exhibit – just steps away from the reflecting pools -- features six granite monoliths, each weighing 13 to 18 tons, inlaid and bound with strips of World Trade Center steel. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "9/11 anniversary: 18 years since terror attack, updated memorial honors first responders who died of illnesses," 11 Sep. 2019 Built in 1942, the chic Midcentury Modern-style home has received a facelift since then. Skylights and inlaid marble floors adorn the entry, and beyond that, the 3,153-square-foot space is loaded with dramatic marble accents. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Sandra Bullock’s former Hollywood Hills home goes up for lease at $22,000 a month," 22 Aug. 2019 There is inlaid wood in the great room and the dining room, and there is a hallway that goes through the house directly between the front and back doors. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Family’s Lake Country French Provincial house gets a ‘modern vintage’ facelift," 29 Aug. 2019 Stretching more than 150 feet in length, the sculpture’s feet alone stand at 16 feet in height, and each are inlaid with mother of pearl and spiritual carvings related to Buddha and his teachings. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "Six of Thailand’s Most Magnificent Temples," 2 Aug. 2019 Dover sole is presented with the solemnity of a religious rite, arriving via cart on a silver pan, filleted tableside and served with lobster sauce and hazelnuts alongside a crispy disk of black rice inlaid with edamame. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Triple-threat dining: Aboyer and Silencieux join George Trois for a Winnetka trifecta," 5 Aug. 2019 This dining room, the den and the library all have wood floors with designs inlaid around the perimeters. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "1925 Royal Oak Tudor with servants quarters has been restored to perfection," 27 July 2019 One of the most interesting interior aspects is what's inlaid in the hexagon tile floor. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "New Buddy's Pizza in Plymouth comes with a slight twist," 9 July 2019 There’s a laughing Buddha statue with four Caruso children climbing on it, a wind vane with the kids’ initials, and a favorite quote from each child inlaid in brass on the stone veranda. Christina Binkley, latimes.com, "The Miramar Beach hotel in Montecito opens with a splash," 10 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Leather seats are high quality and the aluminum trim and rosewood inlays further add to the SUV’s class. James Raia, Houston Chronicle, "Mazda CX-9: Family hauler is versatile, well-equipped, has plenty of overall appeal," 8 June 2019 Descending to the lower level, the landing has what appears to be a marble inlay with an Indian symbol. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Look inside: Floating on a dream houseboat in Sausalito," 31 Aug. 2019 Fashioned in the modern farmhouse style, the two-story spread has 6,000 square feet of living space, oak floors with gold inlays, custom paneling and designer fixtures. Neal J. Leitereg, Los Angeles Times, "NFL speedster Darren Sproles touches down in Tarzana," 12 Sep. 2019 The two-story was recently renovated but retains such character details as decorative window inlays. Neal J. Leitereg And Lauren Beale, latimes.com, "Hot Property Newsletter: Passing go," 22 June 2019 Details including brass inlay in the natural oak herringbone floors, which run the length of the hallway, signify another important marker in creating a natural flow. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Inside an Unconventionally Glam Family Home in Chicago’s Historic Palmolive Building," 30 Apr. 2019 Medlock Bridge’s condition is deteriorating, and plans call for milling, inlay and resurfacing about 5.4 miles of the road in North Fulton County, GDOT said. David Ibata, ajc, "GDOT alerts Johns Creek to Medlock Bridge repaving," 21 June 2019 The elegant rotunda entry behind the leaded glass paneled front door features a limestone floor with a decorative medallion inlay bordered by marble accents. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Hilltop location with panoramic views in Dublin," 18 June 2019 For example, the YMCA’s former basketball court with elevated running track has been converted into a 3,500-square-foot grand ballroom, featuring original brick wall inlays and hardwood floors. Robert Benson/donny Cotten Photography, San Diego Union-Tribune, "$80M luxury hotel opens — in former downtown San Diego YMCA," 11 June 2019

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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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15 Sep 2019

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The first known use of inlay was in 1596

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inlay

verb
How to pronounce inlay (audio) How to pronounce inlay (audio)

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
How to pronounce inlay (audio)

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 How to pronounce inlay (audio) \
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 How to pronounce inlay (audio) \

Kids Definition of inlay (Entry 2 of 2)

: inlaid work : material used in inlaying

inlay

noun
in·​lay | \ ˈin-ˌlā How to pronounce inlay (audio) \

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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