Part of speech: verb

To insert, as shell, ivory, or the like in cabinetwork.

Part of speech: noun

That which is inlaid.

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Usage examples "inlay":

  1. The interior sustaining walls are brick, and are lined with marble or covered with mosaics and decorated with every sort of inlay. - "Cathedral Cities of Italy", William Wiehe Collins.
  2. After a long hallway, they entered a spacious room with clean white walls and a thick center carpet over a floor of patterned marble inlay. - "The Moghul", Thomas Hoover.
  3. The handles, which were in proportion to the barrels and so long that four hands could grasp them, were so completely covered with an inlay of pearl that no wood was visible. - "The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton", Wardon Allan Curtis.