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inlaid

[in-leyd, in-leyd] /ˈɪnˌleɪd, ɪnˈleɪd/
adjective
1.
set into the surface of something:
an inlaid design on a chest.
2.
decorated or made with a design set into the surface:
an inlaid table.
Origin of inlaid
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; past participle of inlay
Related forms
uninlaid, adjective

inlay

[verb in-ley, in-ley; noun in-ley] /verb ˈɪnˌleɪ, ˌɪnˈleɪ; noun ˈɪnˌleɪ/
verb (used with object), inlaid, inlaying.
1.
to decorate (an object) with layers of fine materials set in its surface:
to inlay a chest with lighter wood.
2.
to insert or apply (layers of fine materials) in the surface of an object:
to inlay marble in a tabletop.
3.
Horticulture. to place (a fitted scion) into a prepared stock, as in a method of grafting.
noun
4.
inlaid work.
5.
a layer of fine material inserted in something else, especially for ornament.
6.
a design or decoration made by inlaying.
7.
Dentistry. a filling of metal, porcelain, or the like, that is first shaped to fit a cavity and then cemented into it.
8.
Horticulture. inlay graft.
9.
the act or process of inlaying.
Origin
First recorded in 1590-1600; in-1 + lay1
Related forms
inlayer, noun
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  • 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 Edgar Saltus
  • One suit was inlaid with enamel, black as ebony, and the other with red gold.

    If You Touch Them They Vanish Gouverneur Morris
  • The pedestals are inlaid with malachite, a present from the emperor Nicholas of Russia.

    Pagan and Christian Rome Rodolfo Lanciani
  • See how it's inlaid with hollywood and cherry and how fine the lines of it are!

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
British Dictionary definitions for inlaid

inlaid

/ˈɪnˌleɪd; ɪnˈleɪd/
adjective
1.
set in the surface, as a design in wood
2.
having such a design or inlay: an inlaid table

inlay

verb (transitive) (ɪnˈleɪ) -lays, -laying, -laid
1.
to decorate (an article, esp of furniture, or a surface) by inserting pieces of wood, ivory, etc, into prepared slots in the surface
noun (ˈɪnˌleɪ)
2.
(dentistry) a filling, made of gold, porcelain, etc, inserted into a cavity and held in position by cement
3.
decoration made by inlaying
4.
an inlaid article, surface, etc
Derived Forms
inlayer, noun
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Word Origin and History for inlaid
adj.

1590s, from in + laid, past participle of lay (v.).

inlay

1590s (v.), 1650s (n.), from in + lay. Related: Inlaid.

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inlaid in Medicine

inlay in·lay (ĭn'lā', ĭn-lā')
n.

  1. A solid filling, as of gold or porcelain, fitted to a cavity in a tooth and cemented into place.

  2. A graft of bone, skin, or other tissue.

  3. An orthomechanical device inserted into a shoe.

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