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in·​ter·​lay·​er ˌin-tər-ˈlā-ər How to pronounce interlayer (audio)
interlayered; interlayering
transitive : to insert (something) between or as if between other layers : to arrange (something) in alternating parts or layers
… this production interlayered scenes from both operas, switching the action back and forth …Jeremy Eichler
… a kind of rice pudding, interlayered with jam and topped with puff pastry …Harry Wallop
intransitive : to lie or settle in layers between other layers
… as the lenses [of celestite] become larger and more abundant, they interlayer and form a single continuous bed.Douglas L. Rickman
interlayering noun
plural interlayerings
the interlayering of different sediments


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plural interlayers
: a layer placed between other layers
This glass is created by fusing two glass sheets with a plastic

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Five large compartments offer buckle bands for rings and earrings, a necklace strap, an interlayer visible zip pouch, and a long zip pocket. Kristina Rutkowski, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of interlayer was in 1816

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“Interlayer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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