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

On The Valley, there are straight downhill tee shots on the par 4 first and par 3 tenth holes, straight uphill approach shots on the par 4 ninth and par 3 18th, along with several flatter and more manageable layouts in between. Brent Kennedy,, "Hunt Valley Country Club," 11 July 2018 In its new spot, which formerly housed a deli, Kobalt will keep the same bright and open layout with an extended patio perfect for trivia nights, owner Jeff Perales said. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Kobalt nightclub closes Saturday; new Park Central Mall location opens soon," 29 June 2018 The cheapest apartment across the three complexes is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom, 675-square-foot layout at The Townes, which starts at $499 a month. Cassie Cope, charlotteobserver, "Three Charlotte apartment buildings have new owners and big plans for upgrades," 26 June 2018 The company will also test a new layout for its restaurants. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Chipotle Is Planning to Close Up to 65 Stores—But It Will Add a Happy Hour Menu," 28 June 2018 N30 Pro 2 This update to the N30 Pro brings most of the same features found in the SN30 Pro, including rumble, a new button layout for pairing, motion controls, and a USB-C charging port. Adam Patrick Murray, PCWorld, "Hands-on: 8BitDo refines its modern take on Nintendo-style retro controllers," 15 June 2018 This lets more natural light flow through while providing flexibility and efficiency when designing the layout. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "On the Market/Condo Life: Perfection in high-rise living starts with the floor plan," 9 June 2018 The layout remained similar to last year's and navigable, save for the long lines at the festival's free water station. Althea Legaspi,, "Spring Awakening finds its groove and adds a message," 5 June 2018 The layout has only been played once before, at the Scottish Open in 2015., "Robert Rock takes two-shot lead at Scottish Open," 14 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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