mul·​ti·​lay·​ered | \ -ˈlā-ərd , -ˈlerd\
variants: or multilayer \ -​ˈlā-​ər , -​ˈler \

Definition of multilayered

: having or involving several distinct layers, strata, or levels

Examples of multilayered in a Sentence

The novel's plot is multilayered.

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The best cameras — something Google knows a lot about — are defined by highly customized, multilayered exploitation of the basic hardware. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Google keeps failing to understand tablets," 29 Nov. 2018 The Agatha Christie-like ecosystem pairs with lacerating contemporary wit, and alternating past and present scenes makes for a multilayered, modern detective story. Jen Doll, New York Times, "Secrets, Lies and a Murder (or Three) in the Latest Y.A. Crossover Novels," 9 Mar. 2018 The industry is so large, so plentiful and multilayered. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Naomi Campbell’s Favorite New Designer Wants to Change How We Think About Fashion," 14 Aug. 2018 Twenty-five years later, computers can do this on their own through deep learning, a multilayered system of pattern-recognition software. Popular Mechanics, "What AI Can Really Do Right Now," 17 Oct. 2017 The nesting dolls reflect the incredibly complex, multilayered and fragile relationship between the U.S. and Russia. Elizabeth Myong, Houston Chronicle, "Russians in Houston have diverse views on international affairs," 8 July 2018 With text drawn in part from court transcripts, this complex, multilayered piece of theater chronicles the case of Matthew Shepard, the gay University of Wyoming student whose 1998 murder paved the way for passage of federal hate crimes legislation. Albert Williams, Chicago Reader, "Twenty years on, The Laramie Project is as relevant as ever," 20 June 2018 There is a heavy duty external perimeter of multilayered fencing. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Photos appear to show Russia upgrading nuclear weapons bunker," 19 June 2018 Kwanzan cherry trees produce a beautiful, multilayered blossom that resembles a centifolia rose. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "Kwanzan cherry trees are exploding in pink — but they are such a mess," 7 May 2018

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1923, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of multilayered

: having or involving three or more layers or levels


mul·​ti·​lay·​ered | \ ˌməl-ti-ˈlā-ərd, -ˈle(-ə)rd \
variants: or multilayer \ -​ˈlā-​ər, -​ˈle(-​ə)r \

Medical Definition of multilayered

: having or involving several distinct layers, strata, or levels multilayered epidermis a multilayered personality

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