layer

noun
lay·​er | \ ˈlā-ər, ˈler\

Definition of layer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one that lays something (such as a worker who lays brick or a hen that lays eggs)
2a : one thickness, course, or fold laid or lying over or under another
b : stratum
3a : a branch or shoot of a plant that roots while still attached to the parent plant
b : a plant developed by layering

layer

verb
layered; layering; layers

Definition of layer (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to propagate (a plant) by means of layers
2a : to place as a layer
b : to place a layer on top of pancakes layered with butter and syrup
c : to form or arrange in layers

intransitive verb

1a : to separate into layers
b : to form out of superimposed layers
2 of a plant : to form roots where a stem comes in contact with the ground

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Other Words from layer

Noun

layered \ ˈlā-​ərd , ˈlerd \ adjective

Examples of layer in a Sentence

Noun

Everything was covered by a thin layer of sand. The top layer of the rug is badly worn but the bottom layer is still OK. The cake has three layers. She glued together several layers of paper. He was wearing several layers of clothing. rocks that formed in layers from flows of lava

Verb

We layered the fruit with whipped cream and served it with cookies.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To pull off this look, button both top layers all the way up, then add glitzy earrings and a pair of matching white pumps. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Instagram-Worthy Ways to Wear Boyfriend Jeans," 8 Jan. 2019 Each chapter is narrated by an alternating sister, revealing layers of complex family history and demons. Angela Haupt, The Seattle Times, "The 10 books to read in 2019 based on what you loved in 2018," 7 Jan. 2019 To help the compost break down quickly into useable organic material, alternate layers of green matter (kitchen scraps and grass clippings) with brown matter (dead leaves and shredded cardboard). Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Compost," 4 Jan. 2019 The bot’s eyes have six layers of projections to create an impression of depth, and its exterior (covered by a furry onesie that can be removed for washing) is touch sensitive. James Vincent, The Verge, "Japan’s latest home robot isn’t useful — it’s designed to be loved," 20 Dec. 2018 The technique involves pouring layers of paint on a horizontal surface and letting whorls, blobs, and other shapes form over time. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: modern masters like Jackson Pollock were “intuitive physicists”," 26 Dec. 2018 This is nearly unheard-of in conventional construction, where slabs and columns often interrupt a building’s insulation layer. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Why Your Next Home Might Not Need Any Energy at All," 22 Dec. 2018 Inside there’s another layer of solid memory foam and memory foam clusters. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "7 Best Memory Foam Pillows You Can Buy," 21 Dec. 2018 On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss Broccolini with 2 Tbsp oil, garlic, half of chile, and ½ tsp salt. Arrange in a single layer and roast 15 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Creamy Broccolini Pasta with Chile Breadcrumbs," 19 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Even when layered under longer silhouettes, your knee-high boots can still pack a punch. Avery Matera, Glamour, "17 Ways to Wear Thigh-High Boots This Winter," 11 Jan. 2019 No matter what your hair type, Joel Warren, founder of The Salon Project, tells SELF that layering for your hair type and face shape is essential for a flattering look. Amy Marturana, SELF, "17 Styling Tricks Women with Fine, Flat Hair Need to Know," 21 Dec. 2018 Tetris Effect manages to shake things up by layering a beautiful, and surprisingly emotional, layer of music, visuals, and storytelling over the familiar game. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 15 best video games of 2018," 17 Dec. 2018 Make a wrap: Toss the walnuts into the chicken mixture, then layer a whole-grain tortilla with lettuce leaves and 1 cup chicken-apple-walnut-salad. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Waldorf Salad," 25 Oct. 2018 To construct a ReRAM device, the researchers kept things simple: a conducting base with some of the material—molybdenum ditelluride, in this case—on top of it and another electrode layered on top of that. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers make RAM from a phase change we don’t entirely understand," 18 Dec. 2018 Much of Blindspotting takes place in private homes and spaces, like the home Miles shares with his partner and son, and Collin’s mother’s house, which is brimming with art, ephemera, and personal belongings collected and layered over decades. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How two movies portray Oakland’s rapid change," 29 Aug. 2018 Rimini is celebrated in slouchy knitwear with the city’s name in rainbow colors, worn with striped denim shorts layered over longer boxers. Washington Post, "Prada redefines youthful elegance with psychedelic flair," 17 June 2018 Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories Technology Microsoft reveals its mind-bending HoloLens, a pair of glasses that allows viewers to see holograms layered over the real world. Klint Finley, WIRED, "Microsoft’s GitHub Deal Is Its Latest Shift From Windows," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of layer

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1832, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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More Definitions for layer

layer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of layer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an amount of something that is spread over an area

: a covering piece of material or a part that lies over or under another

: a bird that lays eggs

layer

verb

English Language Learners Definition of layer (Entry 2 of 2)

: to form or arrange parts or pieces of something on top of each other : to form or arrange (something) in layers

layer

noun
lay·​er | \ ˈlā-ər \

Kids Definition of layer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one thickness of something laid over another a layer of rock
2 : a person who lays something
3 : a bird that lays eggs

layer

verb
layered; layering

Kids Definition of layer (Entry 2 of 2)

: to form or arrange one thickness of something over another We layered the fruit with whipped cream.

layer

noun
lay·​er | \ ˈlā-ər, ˈle(-ə)r \

Medical Definition of layer

1 : one thickness, course, or fold laid or lying over or under another
2 : stratum sense 1 the outer layers of the skin

Other Words from layer

layer verb

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