- a thickness of some material laid on or spread over a surface: a layer of soot on the window sill; two layers of paint.
- bed; stratum: alternating layers of basalt and sandstone.
- a person or thing that lays: a carpet layer.
- a hen kept for egg production.
- one of several items of clothing worn one on top of the other.
- a shoot or twig that is induced to root while still attached to the living stock, as by bending and covering with soil.
- a plant so propagated.
- Ropemaking. a machine for laying rope or cable.
verb (used with object)
- to make a layer of.
- to form or arrange in layers.
- to arrange or wear (clothing) in layers: You can layer this vest over a blouse or sweater.
- Horticulture. to propagate by layering.
verb (used without object)
- to separate into or form layers.
- (of a garment) to permit of wearing in layers; be used in layering: Frilly blouses don’t layer well.
- a thickness of some homogeneous substance, such as a stratum or a coating on a surface
- one of four or more levels of vegetation defined in ecological studies: the ground or moss layer, the field or herb layer, the shrub layer, and one or more tree layers
- a laying hen
- a shoot or branch rooted during layering
- a plant produced as a result of layering
- to form or make a layer of (something)
- to take root or cause to take root by layering
v.1832, from layer (n.). Related: Layered; layering. n.late 14c., “one who or that lays” (especially stones, “a mason”), agent noun from lay (v.). Passive sense of “that which is laid over a surface” first recorded 1610s, but because earliest English use was in cookery, this is perhaps from French liue “binding,” used of a thickened sauce. Layer cake attested from 1881. n.
- A single thickness of a material covering a surface or forming an overlying part or segment.
- To divide or form into layers.