Inlay In*lay", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inlaied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inlaying}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

Look, how the floor of heaven Is thick inlaid with patines of bright gold. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

But these things are . . . borrowed by the monks to inlay their story. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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