Meaning of inlay

in•lay

Pronunciation: (v.in'lā", in"lā'n.in'lā"), [key]
— v., n. -laid, -lay•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to decorate (an object) with layers of fine materials set in its surface: to inlay a chest with lighter wood.
  2. to insert or apply (layers of fine materials) in the surface of an object: to inlay marble in a tabletop.
  3. to place (a fitted scion) into a prepared stock, as in a method of grafting.
—n.
  1. inlaid work.
  2. a layer of fine material inserted in something else, esp. for ornament.
  3. a design or decoration made by inlaying.
  4. a filling of metal, porcelain, or the like, that is first shaped to fit a cavity and then cemented into it.
  5. See
  6. the act or process of inlaying.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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