[ noun on-ley, awn-; verb on-ley, awn- ]
/ noun ˈɒnˌleɪ, ˈɔn-; verb ɒnˈleɪ, ɔn- /
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an overlay, especially one in relief.
Dentistry. an inlay that restores the occlusal surface of a tooth.
verb (used with object), on·laid, on·lay·ing.
to place or mount (an onlay) on a surface, especially for decorative purposes.
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Example sentences from the Web for onlay
Couched cord or filoselle is useful in covering the raw edge of the onlay, not so much masking the joints as making them sightly.
It disturbs the breadth, which is so valuable a characteristic of onlay.
Medical definitions for onlay
[ ŏn′lā′ ]
A cast restoration, usually made of gold, that is attached to the occlusal surface of a tooth.
A bone graft applied to the exterior surface of the bone.
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