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tr.v. in·laid (-lād′), in·lay·ing, in·lays
a. To set (pieces of wood or ivory, for example) into a surface, usually at the same level, to form a design.
b. To decorate by setting in such designs.
2. To insert (a photograph, for example) within a mat in a book.
a. Contrasting material set into a surface in pieces to form a design.
b. A design, pattern, or decoration made by inlaying.
2. Dentistry A solid filling, as of gold or porcelain, fitted to a cavity in a tooth and cemented into place.
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an act of decoration by the insertion of pieces of wood, ivory, etc, into prepared slots in the surface of an articlea decoration made by inlaying
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The decoration of an object with fine materials set into its surface.
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