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

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 Players that like a nice mix in terms of layout will appreciate the varying distance of the par 4s, some of which are drivable and others that require a driver and long iron or wood to reach in two. Brent Kennedy, The Aegis, "Mountain Branch Golf Club," 22 June 2018 The end of the Korean War officially, while ministerial in its kind of layout is a big deal here in the region. Fox News, "Excitement builds in Singapore over historic meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un," 12 June 2018 Tess studies the restaurant table layout and even cracks open Simone’s (Caitlin FitzGerald) wine books., "Sweetbitter Episode 6: Careful What You Wish For," 11 June 2018 Certain aspects of the festival's layout in Millennium Park remain unchanged, despite its reshuffling of venues. David Whiteis, Chicago Reader, "The Reader’s guide to the 2018 Chicago Blues Festival," 5 June 2018 The device has Xiaomi versions of the iPhone X's trademark notch, Face ID, and Animoji, along with basically the same rear camera layout and back design. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Xiaomi clones the iPhone X for $420, adds in-display fingerprint reader," 31 May 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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