lay·​out | \ˈlā-ˌau̇t \

Definition of layout 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the plan or design or arrangement of something laid out: such as

a : dummy sense 5b

b : final arrangement of matter to be reproduced especially by printing

2 : the act or process of planning or laying out in detail

3a : something that is laid out a model train layout

b : land or structures or rooms used for a particular purpose a cattle-ranching layout also : place

c : a set or outfit especially of tools

lay out


Definition of lay out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

2 : spend

3a : to prepare (a corpse) for viewing

b : to knock flat or unconscious

4 : to plan in detail lay out a campaign

6 : to mark (work) for drilling, machining, or filing

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Examples of layout in a Sentence


The layout of the apartment was good, but the kitchen was too small. She designed the page layout for the new magazine.


he laid out big bucks for a new lawnmower that runs by itself the transatlantic balloonists laid out a backup plan in case of an emergency
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

From its opening, the golf layout designed by Ron Freem got mixed reviews. Tod Leonard,, "Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club will be latest S.D. golf course to close," 20 June 2018 For homeowners who can’t decide between an open-plan layout or one with separate rooms, there’s a compromise: steel-and-glass partitions that define interior spaces while maximizing light and transparency. Karen Bruno, WSJ, "The Antidote to Open-Plan Layouts," 6 June 2018 The airline chose a Recaro lie-flat seat, arranged in what's become the industry-standard 1-2-1 layout that guarantees direct-aisle access for each customer in the cabin. Jeremy Dwyer-lindgren, USA TODAY, "TAP Portugal uses 'proving flights' to show off new Airbus A330neo," 24 June 2018 For example, a guy who can only shape the ball right to left can win a couple Tour events on layouts that favor a draw. Daniel Rapaport,, "FORE Questions: Breaking Down an Eventful U.S. Open at Shinnecock," 19 June 2018 The victory for Power, 37, the sport’s most accomplished road-course and street-course racer, ended more than a decade of frustration for him at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s oval layout. New York Times, "Will Power Finally Wins an Indy 500 as Danica Patrick Says Goodbye," 27 May 2018 The museum plans to periodically change the layout and selection of vehicles, focusing, perhaps, on one type or maker of fire apparatus. Mark Yost, WSJ, "A Museum to Spark New Interest," 11 July 2018 With this objective in mind, Strauch focused on trees, flowers, bushes, and lakes; in addition to the layout and design of headstones and architecture. Paul Daugherty,, "Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds' CF Billy Hamilton is underrated as an offensive contributor," 5 July 2018 For full golf-course architecture geeks, here's PGA Tour player/design aficionado Zac Blair's breakdown of the layout for Daniel Rapaport,, "A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier Preivew: Picks, History, Field, Odds," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of layout


1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of layout

: the design or arrangement of something : the way something is laid out


lay·​out | \ˈlā-ˌau̇t \

Kids Definition of layout

: the design or arrangement of something the layout of the park

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