WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
lay•er /ˈleɪɚ/USA pronunciation   n. 
    [countable]
  1. a thickness of some material laid on or spread over a surface:a layer of soot on the window sill.
  2. a bed;
    stratum:alternating layers of basalt and sandstone.
  3. a person or thing that lays:a carpet layer.
  4. a hen kept for egg production.
  5. Clothingone of several items of clothing worn one on top of the other:wore layers of warm clothing.

v. [+ object]
  1. to make a layer of.
  2. to form, put down, or arrange in layers.
  3. Clothingto arrange or wear (clothing) in layers.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
lay•er  (lāər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a thickness of some material laid on or spread over a surface:a layer of soot on the window sill; two layers of paint.
  2. bed;
    stratum:alternating layers of basalt and sandstone.
  3. a person or thing that lays:a carpet layer.
  4. a hen kept for egg production.
  5. Clothingone of several items of clothing worn one on top of the other.
  6. [Hort.]
    • Botanya shoot or twig that is induced to root while still attached to the living stock, as by bending and covering with soil.
    • Botanya plant so propagated.
  7. Textiles[Ropemaking.]a machine for laying rope or cable.

v.t. 
  1. to make a layer of.
  2. to form or arrange in layers.
  3. Clothingto arrange or wear (clothing) in layers:You can layer this vest over a blouse or sweater.
  4. Botany[Hort.]to propagate by layering.

v.i. 
  1. to separate into or form layers.
  2. Clothing(of a garment) to permit of wearing in layers;
    be used in layering:Frilly blouses don't layer well.
layer•a•ble, adj. 
  • Middle English leyer, legger. See lay1, -er1 1350–1400


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

layer /ˈleɪə/ n
  1. a thickness of some homogeneous substance, such as a stratum or a coating on a surface
  2. a laying hen
  3. a shoot or branch rooted during layering
vb
  1. to form or make a layer of (something)
  2. to take root or cause to take root by layering
Etymology: 14th Century leyer, legger, from lay1 + -er1



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