Definitions of inlay
  1. verb
    decorate the surface of by inserting wood, stone, and metal
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    inlay with narrow strips or lines of a different substance such as gold or silver, for the purpose of decorating
    inlay metal with gold and silver
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    adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
  2. noun
    a decoration made by fitting pieces of wood into prepared slots in a surface
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    marqueterie, marquetry
    inlaid veneers are fitted together to form a design or picture that is then used to ornament furniture
    parqueterie, parquetry
    a patterned wood inlay used to cover a floor
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    decoration, ornament, ornamentation
    something used to beautify
  3. noun
    (dentistry) a filling consisting of a solid substance (as gold or porcelain) fitted to a cavity in a tooth and cemented into place
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    (dentistry) a dental appliance consisting of any of various substances (as metal or plastic) inserted into a prepared cavity in a tooth
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