• WordNet 3.6
    • v inlay decorate the surface of by inserting wood, stone, and metal
    • n inlay a decoration made by fitting pieces of wood into prepared slots in a surface
    • n inlay (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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Inlay Matter or pieces of wood, ivory, etc., inlaid, or prepared for inlaying; that which is inserted or inlaid for ornament or variety; as, ornamented with ivory inlay . "Crocus and hyacinth with rich inlay Broidered the ground.""The sloping of the moonlit sward
      Was damask work, and deep inlay Of braided blooms."
    • v. t Inlay To lay within; hence, to insert, as pieces of pearl, ivory, mother-of-pearl, 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."
      "But these things are . . . borrowed by the monks to inlay their story."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inlay To lay in, as a hiding-place; conceal.
    • inlay To lay in; provide; store up.
    • inlay To lay or insert in something; fix into or upon something, as for ornamentation.
    • inlay To decorate with ornamental materials laid in a common groundwork; ornament with inserted work: as, to inlay a cabinet with ivory or ebony; an inlaid table.
    • n inlay That which is inserted or laid in something else, especially for the production of ornamental effect.
    • n inlay An ornamental design produced by inlaying one material in another, or by inserting several materials in combination, as in a mosaic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Inlay in-lā′ to ornament by laying in or inserting pieces of metal, ivory, &c
    • n Inlay pieces of metal, ivory, &c. for inlaying
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In literature:

The next step in the direction of ornament is gilding, the next inlaying.
"The Booklover and His Books" by Harry Lyman Koopman
Inlaying with morocco or kid is the richest style of decoration which the art has yet reached.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
A large amount of the wood is also used in the manufacture of folding-rules, and in inlaying.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
And for inlay one is practically designing in black, white, or tinted silhouette.
"Line and Form (1900)" by Walter Crane
There may be a true delight in the inlaying of white on dark, as there is a true delight in vigorous rounding.
"Aratra Pentelici, Seven Lectures on the Elements of Sculpture" by John Ruskin
The work was done by inlaying cement of different colors in the wall.
"Up The Baltic" by Oliver Optic
Inlaying or onlaying is adding a different leather from that of the cover, as decoration.
"Bookbinding, and the Care of Books" by Douglas Cockerell
There may be a true delight in the inlaying of white on dark, as there is a true delight in vigorous rounding.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
INLAY IN COLOURED CLOTHS, outlined with chain stitch.
"Art in Needlework" by Lewis F. Day
He examined with pleasure the gold inlay near the hilt.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
And Thad gasped with horror, when he looked at the designs of the vermilion inlay, in the white, gleaming crystal.
"Salvage in Space" by John Stewart Williamson
Colored inlay, gilt top.
"The Wilderness Fugitives" by Edward S. Ellis
The temporary sedition and libels were the gradual Mosaic inlayings through this shapeless mass.
"Calamities and Quarrels of Authors" by Isaac Disraeli
The only satisfactory solution is to inlay with leather.
"Book Repair and Restoration" by Mitchell Buck
The Anglo-Saxons understood the art of inlaying enamel, and their colors were remarkably bright and enduring.
"Women of England, Volume 9 (of 10)" by Burleigh James Bartlett
The rod was then sliced across, and the pieces used for inlaying.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
It was not usual actually to inlay the decoration before the time of the XVIIIth Dynasty.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 6" by Various
"An Architect's Note-book in Spain" by Matthew Digby Wyatt
No ivory inlay, no carved decoration?
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
Inlaying with gold or silver was among the early forms of decoration in Japan.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 2" by Various

In poetry:

The promise, like the pipe, inlays,
And by the mouth of Faith conveys
What virtue flows
From Sharon's Rose. Thus think, and smoke tobacco.
"Meditations on Smoking Tobacco; or, Smoking Spiritualized" by Ralph Erskine
The promise, like the pipe, inlays,
And by the mouth of faith conveys,
What virtue flows
From Sharon's rose.
Thus think, and smoke tobacco.
"Smoking Spiritualized" by Anonymous British
The heavenly bay, ringed round with cliffs and moors,
Storm-stained ravines, and crags that lawns inlay,
Soothes as with love the rocks whose guard secures
The heavenly bay.
"In Guernsey - To Theodore Watts" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

This wooden box has an inlay pattern that includes rosewood, satinwood and mahogany.
An intricate inlay was recently added to Ed McCarthy's guitar, in memory of his son, Jesse D McCarthy of Canton, who died at age 23 in a 2009 vehicle accident in Hopkinton.
Making butterfly inlay with a plunge router is a good example.
The UPM Belt Monza 5 is a technological advance over the high performance and superior quality of the well-established UPM Belt tags and inlays .
On many mosaic inlays , Rainbow Man raises his arms up dramatically, supporting a rainbow.
Handmade sheath with Snakeskin inlay.
Find out more about using hand tools to make stringing inlay.
Teaming with the Datacon, Melzer presented its turnkey systems for the manufacturing of RFID inlays, tags and related products at Labelexpo.
Plus, Marc Adams explains the differences between marquetry, parquetry, and inlay.
Tom Beebe's woodworking includes crafted inlays and functional art.
The straight blade has smooth and serrated sections, while the handle has rubber inlays for slip resistance.
The guiltar had an inlay of a bird on the head of the guitar .
Table 2010 Resin-Based Composite Inlays/Onlays.
Funk Royal Optics mustard yellow round retro-style frames with teal inlay, $399, from the Pulp Lab pop-up shop at Deli (Downtown, 1307 1st Ave.
The top is quilted maple with a redwoon edging and ebony inlay.

In science:

In the inlay we have emphasized the scaling part by plotting the correlators scaled by 2√n as the function of the scaling variable x = r 2√n .
Matter Correlations in Branched Polymers
For contrast, the inlay shows a typical disk galaxy (J111146.36+364442.3) with a bulge of type Sa(f ).
The Edge-On Perspective of Bulgeless, Simple Disk Galaxies
Inlays: Magnification of the oscillations, which for the GUE are one order of magnitude smaller than for the Poissonian distribution.
Generic features of the dynamics of complex open quantum systems: Statistical approach based on averages over the unitary group
The inlay magnifies the region around Zs and illustrates the expected interference pattern of two spin-1 particles is clearly discernible.
A Very Narrow Shadow Extra Z-boson at Colliders
The inlay shows a typical track used to derive the momentum resolution (by comparing the upper and lower half ).
ALICE Commissioning: Getting Ready for Physics