lay·​over | \ ˈlā-ˌō-vər How to pronounce layover (audio) \

Definition of layover

 (Entry 1 of 2)

lay over

laid over; laying over; lays over

Definition of lay over (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a stopover

Examples of layover in a Sentence

Noun our flight from New York to San Francisco made a layover in Chicago Verb we'll have to lay over a discussion of the issue until the next meeting
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Issachar was arrested in 2019 and sentenced to 7½ years in prison after 0.3 ounces of marijuana was found in her luggage during a three-hour layover in Moscow while traveling from India to Israel. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 14 July 2022 She was arrested after about 10 grams of marijuana was discovered in her luggage during a layover in Moscow. Kate Snow, NBC News, 13 July 2022 First reported by the Fort Worth Telegram's Kaley Johnson, Lowe's suit outlines a case of mistaken identity perpetrated by American Airlines that began in 2020 during a layover at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Dan Carson, Chron, 7 June 2022 Garcia's now flying out earlier in the morning, with a layover in Phoenix. Nathan Diller, USA TODAY, 29 June 2022 The crash and aftermath Michael Laughlin, 24, a student pilot on a layover at O’Hare in 1979, took these photos of the DC-10 with its left engine missing. Kori Rumore, Chicago Tribune, 19 May 2022 On the day in question, Lowe had two-inch-long gray hair and wore a mask during his layover at DFW Airport. Dan Carson, Chron, 7 June 2022 On my way back to the States, on my layover in Warsaw, the massacre in Bucha at the end of March hits the news cycle. Harper Simon, SPIN, 20 May 2022 During the layover, there was a burglary at a duty-free store in one of the Dallas terminals — and police were able to trace the culprit onto Lowe's plane from Dallas to Reno, the lawsuit said. Victoria Albert, CBS News, 7 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb True to the Superleggera legacy, the curvy exterior is composed of thin-gauge aluminum panels that lay over a steel tube structure. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 17 Mar. 2022 Then this braid will lay over this part, and this braid is kind of laying over on the side of this braid. Ashley Abramson, Allure, 11 Aug. 2021 The total order was for 14 flags, Brewer added, including 12 to lay over coffins for a burial scene., 27 Apr. 2021 After nearly two hours of comments, including three people speaking in favor of the ordinance and 11 against, supervisors voted to lay over the ordinance until April, giving them time to visit the trails. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Apr. 2021 The Floral Heart Project, another participating group, will lay over 100 floral hearts created by volunteers across the US. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 1 Mar. 2021 Divide up the cheese slices and lay over the apples. Star Tribune, 16 Oct. 2020 My arms itched, my scalp itched, and malaise lay over me like a mist. Seija Rankin,, 7 Oct. 2020 Nine-year-old Morgan Anderson was stranded at Denver International Airport with her family during an interminable lay over Friday afternoon on their way to North Dakota. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, 7 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of layover


1873, in the meaning defined above


1838, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Layover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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