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Meaning of INLAY

Pronunciation:  [n]'in`ley, [v]`in'ley, 'in'ley

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a decoration made by fitting pieces of wood into prepared slots in a surface
  2. [n]  (dentistry) a filling consisting of a solid substance (as gold or porcelain) fitted to a cavity in a tooth and cemented into place
  3. [v]  decorate the surface of by inserting wood, stone, and metal

INLAY is a 5 letter word that starts with I.


 See Also: adorn, beautify, damascene, decorate, decoration, embellish, filling, grace, hatch, marqueterie, marquetry, ornament, ornament, ornamentation, parqueterie, parquetry



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*lay"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inlaied}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To lay within; hence, to insert, as pieces of pearl, iviry,
    choice woods, or the like, in a groundwork of some other
    material; to form an ornamental surface; to diversify or
    adorn with insertions.
          Look,how the floor of heaven Is thick inlaid with
          patines of bright gold.                  --Shak.
          But these things are . . . borrowed by the monks to
          inlay their story.                       --Milton.
  2. \In"lay`\, n.
    Matter or pieces of wood, ivory, etc., inlaid, or prepared
    for inlaying; that which is inserted or inlaid for ornament
    or variety.
          Crocus and hyacinth with rich inlay Broidered the
          ground.                                  --Milton.
          The sloping of the moonlit sward Was damask work, and
          deep inlay Of braided blooms.            --Tennyson.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: bed, bed in, bush, bushing, ceil, doubling, doublure, embed, face, facing, feather, fill, filler, filling, fit in, fur, implant, infix, inlayer, insert, insertion, inset, insole, interline, interlineation, line, liner, lining, load, pack, packing, pad, padding, stuff, stuffing, tessellate, tessera, wad, wadding, wainscot