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lay·er

 (lā′ər)
n.
1.
a. One that lays: a tile layer.
b. A hen kept for laying eggs.
2.
a. A single thickness of a material covering a surface or forming an overlying part or segment: a layer of dust on the windowsill; a cake with four layers.
b. A usually horizontal deposit or expanse; a stratum: layers of sedimentary rock; a layer of warm air.
c. A depth or level: a poem with several layers of meaning.
3. Botany A stem that is covered with soil for rooting while still part of the living plant.
4. An item of clothing worn over or under another.
v. lay·ered, lay·er·ing, lay·ers
v.tr.
1. To divide or form into layers: layered gravel and charcoal to make a filter.
2. To cut (hair) into different, usually overlapping lengths.
3. Botany To propagate (a plant) by means of a layer.
4. To wear (clothing) in layers.
v.intr.
1. To form or come apart as layers.
2. Botany To take root as a result of layering.

layers

  • ply - From Latin plicare, "fold," a thickness or any of the layers of a multilayer material, such as plywood.
  • disk - The layers of cartilage and pulp between vertebrae.
  • Neapolitan ice cream - Gets its name from its layers resembling the Italian flag.
  • delaminate - To separate into layers.
References in classic literature ?
The edifices which belong exclusively to any one of these three layers are perfectly distinct, uniform, and complete.
Anne, flushed with delight, clapped it together with layers of ruby jelly and, in imagination, saw Mrs.
If we must compare the eye to an optical instrument, we ought in imagination to take a thick layer of transparent tissue, with a nerve sensitive to light beneath, and then suppose every part of this layer to be continually changing slowly in density, so as to separate into layers of different densities and thicknesses, placed at different distances from each other, and with the surfaces of each layer slowly changing in form.
As soon as the requisite degree of heat is attained, the embers are removed, and the surface of the stones being covered with thick layers of leaves, one of the large packages of Tutao is deposited upon them and overspread with another layer of leaves.
There are the three layers again and the solid earth between--and, besides, there were only eight in Noah's family, and they could not have eaten all these oysters in the two or three months they staid on top of that mountain.
Upon these he spread layers of huge leaves of the great elephant's ear, and with more branches and more leaves he closed one end of the little shelter he had built.
To the conglomerate and trachyte succeeded black basalt, the first dispread in layers full of bubbles, the latter forming regular prisms, placed like a colonnade supporting the spring of the immense vault, an admirable specimen of natural architecture.
The eight great polished columns stood up in the dusk like so many huge piles supporting the threatening, crumbling, big-bellied cliffs whose layers were represented by the circular, parallel, waving lines of the balconies of the grand, first and second tiers of boxes.
It struck the sevenfold shield in its outermost layer--the eighth, which was of bronze--and went through six of the layers but in the seventh hide it stayed.
When my friends had finished, the road was seared, and blown, and pitted with unequal pressure layers, spirals, vortices, and readjustments for at least an hour.
They could then see the faint summer fogs in layers, woolly, level, and apparently no thicker than counterpanes, spread about the meadows in detached remnants of small extent.
However, were the forty-four thousand eight hundred and forty-seven cubic feet of gas of which we speak, all introduced into the balloon, it would be entirely filled; but that would not do, because, as the balloon continued to mount into the more rarefied layers of the atmosphere, the gas within would dilate, and soon burst the cover containing it.