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in·​ter·​lay ˈin-tər-ˌlā How to pronounce interlay (audio)
interlaid ˈin-tər-ˌlād How to pronounce interlay (audio) ; interlaying

transitive + intransitive

: interlayer
Honda Europe says a whole series of noise-reduction initiatives were introduced … including … interlaying a sound-insulating material into the windscreen …Rob Maetzig
Arrange slices tomatoes and zucchini over onion mix in alternating rows, interlaying slices like tiles on a roof, and seasoning as you go.David Herbert
… What was interesting about my story was not my story solely, but the fact that it interlays with all these others.Piper Kerman


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plural interlays
: interlayer
The interlay is intended to stop wind-driven snow and rain from going up between the shakes.Principles of Home Inspection: Roofing
Remove the printing plate from its mount and place an interlay between them.

Word History

First Known Use


1613, in the meaning defined above


1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of interlay was in 1613

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Cite this Entry

“Interlay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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