—inlayer, n.v. /in"lay', in'lay"/; n. /in"lay'/, v., inlaid, inlaying, n.v.t.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.n.4. inlaid work.5. a layer of fine material inserted in something else, esp. for ornament.6. a design or decoration made by inlaying.7. Dentistry. a filling of metal, porcelain, or the like, that is first shaped to fit a cavity and then cemented into it.8. Hort. See inlay graft.9. the act or process of inlaying.[1590-1600; IN-1 + LAY1]
* * *in the visual arts, any decorative (decorative art) technique used to create an ornamental design, pattern, or scene by inserting or setting into a shallow or depressed ground or surface a material of a different colour or type. Inlay techniques are used in enamelwork, furniture decoration, lacquerwork, and metalwork. Although not strictly inlay, marquetry and boulle work are often included techniques. Veneering is also closely allied.
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