- set into the surface of something: an inlaid design on a chest.
- decorated or made with a design set into the surface: an inlaid table.
Origin of inlaid
First recorded in 1590–1600; past participle of inlay
[verb in-ley, in-ley; noun in-ley]
- to decorate (an object) with layers of fine materials set in its surface: to inlay a chest with lighter wood.
- to insert or apply (layers of fine materials) in the surface of an object: to inlay marble in a tabletop.
- Horticulture. to place (a fitted scion) into a prepared stock, as in a method of grafting.
- inlaid work.
- a layer of fine material inserted in something else, especially for ornament.
- a design or decoration made by inlaying.
- Dentistry. a filling of metal, porcelain, or the like, that is first shaped to fit a cavity and then cemented into it.
- Horticulture. inlay graft.
- the act or process of inlaying.
Origin of inlay
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Examples from the Web for inlaid
On the pink cotton inside lay a clasp of black onyx, on which was inlaid a curious symbol or letter in gold.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
They surround an inlaid coffee table of Bunyanesque proportions.John Ramsey's Lingering Suspicions
October 13, 2008
He found its owner directing two men where to place an inlaid cabinet.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Upon his head was a crown, on which were inlaid or set precious stones.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
And there is an inlaid box I lent her—lent, not gave—to keep her handkerchiefs in.
He took her to mean the inlaid box, and said that she need not give it up at all.
Preceding her, he led the way to a room of which the floor, inlaid and waxed, was rugless.The Paliser case
- set in the surface, as a design in wood
- having such a design or inlayan inlaid table
- to decorate (an article, esp of furniture, or a surface) by inserting pieces of wood, ivory, etc, into prepared slots in the surface
- dentistry a filling, made of gold, porcelain, etc, inserted into a cavity and held in position by cement
- decoration made by inlaying
- an inlaid article, surface, etc
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Word Origin and History for inlaid
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A solid filling, as of gold or porcelain, fitted to a cavity in a tooth and cemented into place.
- A graft of bone, skin, or other tissue.
- An orthomechanical device inserted into a shoe.
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