LA'YER, n. la'er. [from lay, the verb.] 1. A stratum; a bed; a body spread over another; as a layer of clay or of sand. 2. A shoot or twig of a plant, not detached from the stock, laid under ground for growth or propagation. 3. A hen that lays eggs.
n 1: single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance; "slices of hard-boiled egg on a bed of spinach" [syn: layer, bed] 2: a relatively thin sheetlike expanse or region lying over or under another 3: an abstract place usually conceived as having depth; "a good actor communicates on several levels"; "a simile has at least two layers of meaning"; "the mind functions on many strata simultaneously" [syn: level, layer, stratum] 4: a hen that lays eggs 5: thin structure composed of a single thickness of cells v 1: make or form a layer; "layer the different colored sands"
I. nounDate: 13th century 1. one that lays (as a worker who lays brick or a hen that lays eggs) 2.a. one thickness, course, or fold laid or lying over or under another b.stratumc.horizon 2 3.a. a branch or shoot of a plant that roots while still attached to the parent plant b. a plant developed by layering • layeredadjectiveII. verbDate: 1832 transitive verb1. to propagate (a plant) by means of layers 2.a. to place as a layer b. to place a layer on top of <pancakes layered with butter and syrup> c. to form or arrange in layers intransitive verb1.a. to separate into layers b. to form out of superimposed layers 2.of a plant to form roots where a stem comes in contact with the ground
n. & v. --n. 1 a thickness of matter, esp. one of several, covering a surface. 2 a person or thing that lays. 3 a hen that lays eggs. 4 a shoot fastened down to take root while attached to the parent plant. --v.tr. 1 a arrange in layers. b cut (hair) in layers. 2 propagate (a plant) as a layer. Phrases and idioms: layer-out a person who prepares a corpse for burial. Derivatives: layered adj. Etymology: ME f. LAY(1) + -ER(1)
Layer Lay"er, n. [See Lay to cause to lie flat.] 1. One who, or that which, lays. 2. [Prob. a corruption of lair.] That which is laid; a stratum; a bed; one thickness, course, or fold laid over another; as, a layer of clay or of sand in the earth; a layer of bricks, or of plaster; the layers of an onion. 3. A shoot or twig of a plant, not detached from the stock, laid under ground for growth or propagation. 4. An artificial oyster bed.
(layers, layering, layered)Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. A layer of a material or substance is a quantity or piece of it that covers a surface or that is between two other things. A fresh layer of snow covered the street...Arrange all the vegetables except the potatoes in layers.N-COUNT: usu with supp, oft N of n 2. If something such as a system or an idea has many layers, it has many different levels or parts. ...an astounding ten layers of staff between the factory worker and the chief executive...Critics and the public puzzle out the layers of meaning in his photos.N-COUNT 3. If you layer something, you arrange it in layers. Layer the potatoes, asparagus and salmon in the tin...VERB: V n