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.

Origin of layering

Definition for layering (2 of 2)

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 forms

lay·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 (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for layering (2 of 2)

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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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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