Definition of In-tray

1. Noun. A wood or metal receptacle placed on your desk to hold your incoming material.

Exact synonyms: In-basket
Generic synonyms: Receptacle
Antonyms: Out-basket

Definition of In-tray

1. Noun. (British Ireland) A desktop organizer; in-box, in-basket. ¹

2. Noun. (by extension) The amount of new work yet to be done. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of In-tray

in-line skater
in-line skates
in-line skating
in-office imaging
in-tray (current term)
in Abraham's bosom
in Dutch
in Dutch(p)
in God's name
in a bad way(p)
in a bake
in a beastly manner
in a big way

Literary usage of In-tray

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Photographic Mosaics by Edward Livingston Wilson, Mathew Carey Lea (1895)
"For white draperies I begin in tray No. 2; if image has good detail, ... 3; if it comes up well in tray No. 2, but lacks snappiness, place in tray No. ..."

2. Experimental Study of Children: Including Anthropometrical and Psycho by Arthur MacDonald (1899)
"2 the weights have the numbers 0, 2, 4, and in tray No. 3 have 4, 7, 10. Thus the number of each tray is the difference of the powers oi two consecutive ..."

3. Hints to Small Libraries by Mary Wright Plummer (1911)
"(Look for his number in tray arranged by borrowers' numbers.) 813-826. How long has he had it? One week, December 5th. It prevents the annoyance of lost ..."

4. Classified Illustrated Catalog of the Library Department of Library Bureau by Library Bureau (1900)
"Picking up»one of the loose pockets, kept ready to hand, and placing the book card and reader's card together therein behind date guide in tray. ..."

5. Ancient and Modern Furniture and Woodwork in the South Kensington Museum by John Hungerford Pollen (1874)
"Box, H. jf in., L. 1 1 in., W. i\ in. Tray, L. 14 in., W. 5-| in. ... Box, H. 3^ in., L. 11^ in., W. 3^ in. Tray, L. 13^ in., W. 5"! in. ..."

6. The Wedgwood Handbook: A Manual for Collectors : Treating of the Marks by Eliza Meteyard (1875)
"John Wesley, blue and white, Smeaton, engineer, green and white, in tray 8 10 0 88. Prince Charles Stuart, blue and white, Duke of Cumberland, ditto, ..."

7. Camera by Columbia Photographic Society, Philadelphia (1916)
"I found that the reason for this flattening or fogging in tray-developed negatives is twofold: ... This is precisely what happens in tray development. ..."

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