[ ley-out ]
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  1. an arrangement or plan: We objected to the layout of the house.

  2. the act of laying or spreading out.

  1. a plan or sketch, as of an advertisement or a page of a newspaper or magazine, indicating the arrangement and relationship of the parts, as of type and artwork.

  2. (in advertising, publishing, etc.) the technique, process, or occupation of making layouts.

  3. Journalism. spread (def. 34).

  4. Informal. a place, as of residence or business, and the features that go with it; a setup: a fancy layout with a swimming pool and a tennis court.

  5. Informal. a display or spread, as of dishes at a meal.

  6. a collection or set of tools, implements, or the like.

  7. Cards. an arrangement of cards dealt according to a given pattern, as in solitaire.

  8. Diving, Gymnastics. a body position in which one is fully extended and arched backward, with the legs together and straight, the head thrown back, and the arms extended sideways.: Compare pike7, tuck1 (def. 14).

Origin of layout

1840–50, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase lay out

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How to use layout in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lay out

lay out

verb(tr, adverb)
  1. to arrange or spread out

  2. to prepare (a corpse) for burial or cremation

  1. to plan or contrive

  2. informal to spend (money), esp lavishly

  3. informal to knock unconscious

  4. informal to exert (oneself) or put (oneself) to an effort: he laid himself out to please us

  1. the arrangement or plan of something, such as a building

  2. the arrangement of written material, photographs, or other artwork on an advertisement or page in a book, newspaper, etc

  1. a preliminary plan indicating this

  2. a drawing showing the relative disposition of parts in a machine, etc

  3. the act of laying out

  4. something laid out

  5. the formation of cards on the table in various games, esp in patience

  6. informal, mainly US a residence or establishment, esp a large one

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Other Idioms and Phrases with layout


Make a detailed plan, design, or explanation, as in They laid out the exact dimensions in order to construct the new display, or Robert laid out next year's plans for his staff. [Mid-1700s]

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