—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. 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.