1. A decoration made by fitting pieces of wood into prepared slots in a surface.
2. (Dentistry) A solid substance (as gold or porcelain) fitted to a cavity in a tooth and cemented into place.
Decorative technique used on furniture until replaced by marquetry in the 17th century. A pattern composed of differently colored woods or other materials such as horn or ivory is inset into the solid wood of the piece of furniture.
(Irregular preterit, past participle: inlaid).
To decorate the surface of by inserting wood, stone, and metal.