Definition of Inlay

1. Noun. (dentistry) a filling consisting of a solid substance (as gold or porcelain) fitted to a cavity in a tooth and cemented into place.

Generic synonyms: Filling
Category relationships: Dental Medicine, Dentistry, Odontology



2. Verb. Decorate the surface of by inserting wood, stone, and metal.
Category relationships: Handicraft
Generic synonyms: Adorn, Beautify, Decorate, Embellish, Grace, Ornament
Specialized synonyms: Hatch, Damascene

3. Noun. A decoration made by fitting pieces of wood into prepared slots in a surface.
Generic synonyms: Decoration, Ornament, Ornamentation
Specialized synonyms: Marqueterie, Marquetry, Parqueterie, Parquetry

Definition of Inlay

1. v. t. To lay within; hence, to insert, as pieces of pearl, ivory, choice woods, or the like, in a groundwork of some other material; to form an ornamental surface; to diversify or adorn with insertions.

2. n. Matter or pieces of wood, ivory, etc., inlaid, or prepared for inlaying; that which is inserted or inlaid for ornament or variety.

Definition of Inlay

1. Noun. The material placed within a different material in the form of a decoration. ¹

2. Verb. To place pieces of a foreign material within another material to form a decorative design. ¹

3. Verb. (dentistry) To fill a tooth. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Inlay

1. to set into a surface [v -LAID, -LAYING, -LAYS]

Medical Definition of Inlay

1. 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) Origin: Inlaied; Inlaying. 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) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Inlay

inlapidated
inlapidates
inlapidating
inlard
inlarded
inlarding
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inlarge
inlarged
inlarges
inlarging
inlaw
inlawed
inlawing
inlaws
inlay (current term)
inlay card
inlay casting wax
inlay graft
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inlayers
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inlead
inleague
inleak
inleaks
inleck

Literary usage of Inlay

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1. A Practical Treatise on Artificial Crown-, Bridge-, and Porcelain-work by George Evans (1920)
"inlay Wax.—inlay wax for models is composed principally of wax and paraffin. Manufactured inlay waxes' are supplied in sticks and in 1 Manufactured inlay ..."

2. The Principles and Practice of Dentistry: Including Anatomy, Physiology by Chapin Aaron Harris (1892)
"The inlay is then at once seated in the cavity and with a quick back-ancl- forth grinding ... In cases wherein the inlay has been ground into the cavity, ..."

3. A Study of the Artist's Way of Working in the Various Handicrafts and Arts by Russell Sturgis (1905)
"The preparation for inlay is of the nature of carving in intaglio (see Chapters III and ... 1 inlay : the work done by setting one piece of material into an ..."

4. The Practice of Dentistry: A Practical Treatise Upon the Generalpractice of by Leo Greenbaum, Max Greenbaum (1912)
"THE MATRIX inlay The matrix inlay has been almost entirely supplanted by ... However, in exceptional cases the matrix inlay may be utilized to advantage. ..."

5. Technic and scope of cast gold and porcelain inlays with a chapter on by Herman E. S. Chayes (1918)
"CHAPTER ITI THE CAST GOLD inlay Human teeth decay and become a source of discomfort and danger unless they can be restored by therapeutic, operative, ..."

6. The Artist's Way of Working in the Various Handicrafts and Arts of Design by Russell Sturgis (1905)
"The preparation for inlay is of the nature of carving in intaglio (see Chapters III and XXI). 1 inlay : the work done by setting one ..."

7. A Dictionary of Architecture and Building, Biographical, Historical, and by Russell Sturgis (1901)
"inlay A pair of columns from the cloister at Monreale near 1'alt'rmo in Sicily. The capitals are of exquisite Italian twelfth century work, but the shafts ..."

8. Art in Needlework: A Book about Embroidery by Lewis Foreman Day, Mary Buckle (1907)
"The process is, in fact, precisely analogous to that inlay of brass and ... The cloth to be inlaid is inlay. placed upon the other, and both are cut through ..."

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