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inlay

[ verb in-ley, in-ley; noun in-ley ]
/ verb ˈɪnˌleɪ, ˌɪnˈleɪ; noun ˈɪnˌleɪ /
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Definition of inlay

verb (used with object), in·laid, in·lay·ing.
noun
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Origin of inlay

First recorded in 1590–1600; in-1 + lay1

OTHER WORDS FROM inlay

inlayer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for inlay

inlay

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
noun (ˈɪnˌleɪ)
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

Derived forms of inlay

inlayer, noun
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Medical definitions for inlay

inlay
[ ĭnlā′, ĭn-lā ]

n.
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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