|—vb , -lays, -laying, -laid|
|1.||to decorate (an article, esp of furniture, or a surface) by inserting pieces of wood, ivory, etc, into prepared slots in the surface|
|2.||dentistry a filling, made of gold, porcelain, etc, inserted into a cavity and held in position by cement|
|3.||decoration made by inlaying|
|4.||an inlaid article, surface, etc|
inlay in·lay (ĭn'lā', ĭn-lā')
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.
in the visual arts, any decorative technique used to create an ornamental design, pattern, or scene by inserting or setting into a shallow or depressed ground or surface a material of a different colour or type. Inlay techniques are used in enamelwork, furniture decoration, lacquerwork, and metalwork. Although not strictly inlay, marquetry and boulle work are often included techniques. Veneering is also closely allied.
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