layer

noun
lay·​er | \ ˈlā-ər How to pronounce layer (audio) , 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 How to pronounce layered (audio) , 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

The coasts — including Long Beach — can expect a similar outlook, and the marine layer will thin out. Alejandra Reyes-velarde, latimes.com, "Los Angeles will feel the heat as gloom evaporates," 11 July 2019 On the other hand, changing a typical layer cake into cupcakes is pretty safe, and quick breads are fairly easily adapted into muffins. Becky Krystal, Houston Chronicle, "How to swap baking-pan sizes without ruining your recipe," 8 July 2019 On the other hand, changing a typical layer cake into cupcakes is pretty safe, and quick breads are fairly easily adapted into muffins. Becky Krystal, Twin Cities, "How to swap baking pan sizes without ruining your recipe," 7 July 2019 Three-layer chocolate cake with raspberry sauce, Key lime pie with fresh cream and Carrot cake with pineapple rum coulis are just a sampling of their homemade desserts baked fresh daily. 2. Claire Perez, sun-sentinel.com, "Brussels sprouts shine with soy ginger glaze at Grille 66," 5 July 2019 On the other hand, changing a typical layer cake into cupcakes is pretty safe, and quick breads are fairly easily adapted into muffins. Do some evaluating The most important thing to consider when changing a pan size is volume, Beranbaum says. Becky Krystal, The Denver Post, "How to swap baking pan sizes without ruining your recipe," 3 July 2019 The sweets Behind grand French doors, the bakery area serves 12 different flavors of Cake Bake's towering, signature layer cakes, including gluten-free chocolate peanut butter crunch cake, plus pies, macarons and other desserts. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Cake Bake Shop is finally open in Carmel, and it fulfills every sweet dream," 1 July 2019 On the other hand, changing a typical layer cake into cupcakes is pretty safe, and quick breads are fairly easily adapted into muffins. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "How to swap baking pan sizes without ruining your recipe," 28 June 2019 After dinner, guests regrouped in the square where the ceremony had taken place to watch the bride and groom cut their four-layer cake covered in white roses by Wedding Cakes in Tuscany. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Inside Caroline Wozniacki’s Wedding at Castiglion del Bosco in Tuscany," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Cheaper and more efficient than the engravings that most printers relied upon, lithography offered artists more freedom to layer colors and images. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "How Posters Became Art," 1 July 2019 Be careful not to layer polish on too thickly: instead, layer on several thin coats, allowing adequate time to dry between each coat for best results. Katherine Fung, Good Housekeeping, "How to DIY a Spa-Like Pedicure at Home," 27 June 2019 The boisterous rally hit on many of the themes the president championed during his 2016 bid - Immigration, draining the Washington swamp and overturning Obamacare – layering them with his administration’s economic success. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Trump announces reelection campaign: Reaction, tweets, scenes from Orlando rally; KAG," 19 June 2019 The coating could be applied on the exterior of a structure or layered inside of it, one of the aspects that will be tested at the Space Station, Savoie said. Jennifer Larino, nola.com, "A New Orleans-area firm’s ‘radiation shield’ could save astronaut lives," 19 June 2019 And interestingly, he’s fixated on those now-vintage, printed books that feature hand-drawings detailing how complicated machinery works — manuals and textbooks that dissect and layer the various parts of car engines or industrial equipment. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "One of Mexico City’s trendsetters is bringing his art and music to Denver," 16 June 2019 Others read or are touched by other things that have been influenced by manga, such as Pokémon, which started life as a video game, was adapted into manga, and later morphed into a global phenomenon that layered a virtual world over the real one. L.m., The Economist, "A magnificent exhibition of manga at the British Museum," 5 June 2019 Slices of blood orange give this layered dessert extra visual panache. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Got a fork and a freezer? Here are 6 recipes for granita, summer’s simplest refresher.," 8 June 2019 Continue layering sheets and nut mixture until all but five sheets are used. Judy Buchenot, chicagotribune.com, "Suburban Cooks: Greek fest revives traditional dishes," 4 May 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 How to pronounce layer (audio) \

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 How to pronounce layer (audio) \

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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