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layer

noun lay·er \ ˈlā-ər , ˈler \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of layer

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

layered

play \ˈlā-ərd, ˈlerd\ adjective

Examples of layer in a Sentence

  1. Everything was covered by a thin layer of sand.

  2. The top layer of the rug is badly worn but the bottom layer is still OK.

  3. The cake has three layers.

  4. She glued together several layers of paper.

  5. He was wearing several layers of clothing.

  6. rocks that formed in layers from flows of lava

Recent Examples of layer from the Web

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First Known Use of layer

13th century


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layer

verb

Definition of layer

transitive verb
1 : to propagate (a plant) by means of layers
2 a : 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
1 a : 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

Examples of layer in a Sentence

  1. We layered the fruit with whipped cream and served it with cookies.

Recent Examples of layer from the Web

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First Known Use of layer

1832



LAYER Defined for English Language Learners

layer

noun

Definition of layer for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of layer for English Language Learners

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


LAYER Defined for Kids

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layer

noun lay·er \ ˈlā-ər \

Definition of layer for Students

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

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layer

verb

Definition of layer for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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 1
  • the outer layers of the skin

layer

verb


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