lay·​out | \ ˈlā-ˌau̇t How to pronounce layout (audio) \

Definition of layout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

laid out; laying out; lays 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

Examples of layout in a Sentence

Noun The layout of the apartment was good, but the kitchen was too small. She designed the page layout for the new magazine. Verb 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Otherwise, the REI Basecamp offers a layout that is similar to the regular 16-foot Basecamp model. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 28 July 2022 Spread across four decks, the vessel has a generous layout that, quite unusually, revolves around the owner’s suite in the bow. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 25 July 2022 Google did not take a cookie-cutter route with the Google Tensor, which has a custom chip layout that doesn't follow ARM's recommendations. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 21 July 2022 Aim for symmetry: For a classic and balanced layout, center your bed on the wall with bedside tables and lamps on both sides. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 13 July 2022 Others said a street layout for bulky Cup cars would present little chance for passing. Mark Heim |, al, 10 July 2022 Others said a street layout for bulky Cup cars would present little chance for passing. Paul Newberry, ajc, 9 July 2022 It’s a challenging, yet fair and well-designed layout that takes advantage of the natural beauty of the Ozarks without punishing slightly wayward shots. Mike And Wendy Pramik, cleveland, 7 July 2022 At the front is a five-link short-long-arm layout that separates the steering axis from other wheel motions for good isolation. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 28 June 2022 See More

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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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4 Aug 2022

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“Layout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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lay·​out | \ ˈlā-ˌau̇t How to pronounce layout (audio) \

Kids Definition of layout

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

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