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
Related formsun·in·laid, adjective
First recorded in 1590–1600;
past participle of inlay
[verb in-ley, in-ley; noun in-ley]
verb (used with object), in·laid, in·lay·ing.
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.
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.
the act or process of inlaying.
Origin of inlay
Related formsin·lay·er, noun
First recorded in 1590–1600; in-1
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for inlaid
Contemporary Examples of inlaid
Historical Examples of inlaid
He found its owner directing two men where to place an inlaid cabinet.
Upon his head was a crown, on which were inlaid or set precious stones.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for inlaid
set in the surface, as a design in wood
having such a design or inlayan inlaid table
verb (ɪnˈleɪ) -lays, -laying or -laid (tr)
to decorate (an article, esp of furniture, or a surface) by inserting pieces of wood, ivory, etc, into prepared slots in the surface
Derived Formsinlayer, noun
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
1590s, from in + laid, past participle of lay (v.).
1590s (v.), 1650s (n.), from in + lay. Related: 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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