layering

[ ley-er-ing ]
/ ˈleɪ ər ɪŋ /

noun

the wearing of lightweight or unconstructed garments one upon the other, as to create a fashionable ensemble or to provide warmth without undue bulkiness or heaviness.
Tailoring. the trimming of multiple layers of fabric at the seam allowance of a garment so as to prevent a ridge on the face of the garment when the seam is sewn.
Horticulture. Also lay·er·age [ley-er-ij] /ˈleɪ ər ɪdʒ/. a method of propagating plants by causing their shoots to take root while still attached to the parent plant.

Nearby words

  1. layer board,
  2. layer cake,
  3. layer of rods and cones,
  4. layerage,
  5. layered,
  6. layette,
  7. laying on of hands,
  8. layman,
  9. layoff,
  10. layout

Origin of layering


layer

[ ley-er ]
/ ˈleɪ ər /

noun

verb (used with object)

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.

Origin of layer

First recorded in 1350–1400, layer is from the Middle English word leyer, legger. See lay1, -er1

Related formslay·er·a·ble, adjectivein·ter·lay·er, nounin·ter·lay·er, verb (used with object)non·lay·ered, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for layering

layering

/ (ˈleɪərɪŋ) /

noun

horticulture a method of propagation that induces a shoot or branch to take root while it is still attached to the parent plant
geology the banded appearance of certain igneous and metamorphic rocks, each band being of a different mineral composition

layer

/ (ˈleɪə) /

noun

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
horticulture
  1. a shoot or branch rooted during layering
  2. a plant produced as a result of layering

verb

to form or make a layer of (something)
to take root or cause to take root by layering

Word Origin for layer

C14 leyer, legger, from lay 1 + -er 1

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Word Origin and History for layering
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Medicine definitions for layering

layer

[ lāər ]

n.

A single thickness of a material covering a surface or forming an overlying part or segment.

v.

To divide or form into layers.

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