- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of layer
Related Wordsprotect, coat, blanket, shroud, enclose, dress, bury, stratified, layered, plate, layer, separate, flake, face, foil, split, exfoliate, stratify, veneer, foliate
Examples from the Web for layered
Veselka layered its latke with pork goulash, and Toloache added beef short rib chorizo.I Ate Potato Pancakes Til I Plotzed
December 17, 2014
Death masks are made from a cast of layered plaster strips laid on the face soon after death.The Ukrainian Face Collector Launches an Exhibition in Kiev
August 21, 2014
Set on a mountaintop, the complex is layered, with platforms, walls, and other areas where people line up to watch those entering.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple
August 21, 2014
The moist rectangle of cooked meat and molten blob of cheese are then layered in a hard roll.The Real Cheeseburger Paradise
Jane & Michael Stern
June 22, 2014
The supporting characters, meanwhile, are equally as layered and enthralling.Stop Everything and Go Watch ‘Rectify'
June 19, 2014
In spite of the dust which layered them Drew saw they were not Union.Ride Proud, Rebel!
Andre Alice Norton
The beds need edging, and the carnations ought to be layered.'Doctor Cupid
Layered plants from green wood are sometimes grown to multiply quickly new or rare varieties.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
The layered deposits of débris at the mouth of the river make new aqueous rocks out of old.Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know
Julia Ellen Rogers
Of these three layered foundations the most ancient and deepest was the work of the clergy.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 1 (of 6)
Hippolyte A. Taine
- 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
Word Origin and History for layered
1832, from layer (n.). Related: Layered; layering.
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.
- A single thickness of a material covering a surface or forming an overlying part or segment.
- To divide or form into layers.