- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.