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—v., -laid, -lay•ing,
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. Hort.to place (a fitted scion) into a prepared stock, as in a method of grafting.
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. Dentistry.a filling of metal, porcelain, or the like, that is first shaped to fit a cavity and then cemented into it.
5. Hort.See inlay graft.
6. the act or process of inlaying.
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