from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that lays: a tile layer.
- n. A hen kept for laying eggs.
- n. 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.
- n. A usually horizontal deposit or expanse; a stratum: layers of sedimentary rock; a layer of warm air.
- n. A depth or level: a poem with several layers of meaning.
- n. Botany A stem that is covered with soil for rooting while still part of the living plant.
- n. An item of clothing worn over or under another.
- transitive v. To divide or form into layers: layered gravel and charcoal to make a filter.
- transitive v. To cut (hair) into different, usually overlapping lengths.
- transitive v. Botany To propagate (a plant) by means of a layer.
- transitive v. To wear (clothing) in layers.
- intransitive v. To form or come apart as layers.
- intransitive v. Botany To take root as a result of layering.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A single thickness of some material covering a surface.
- n. A (usually) horizontal deposit; a stratum.
- n. A person who lays things, such as tiles.
- n. A mature female bird, insect, etc. that is able to lay eggs.
- n. A hen kept to lay eggs.
- n. A shoot of a plant, laid underground for growth.
- v. to cut or divide (something) into layers
- v. to arrange (something) in layers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who, or that which, lays.
- n. That which is laid; a stratum; a bed; one thickness, course, or fold laid over another
- n. A shoot or twig of a plant, not detached from the stock, laid under ground for growth or propagation.
- n. An artificial oyster bed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which lays, in any sense of the verb lay: as, a brick layer; specifically, a hen that lays eggs: as, she is a good layer.
- n. A thickness of some material laid or resting upon or spread over a surface of any kind; a stratum of moderate thickness: as, a layer of paint; successive layers of clay, shale, and slate; a cake made in layers; the five layers of the muscles of the back.
- n. In masonry and bricklaying:
- n. Same as course, 16 .
- n. A bed of mortar or cement.
- n. In leather manufacturing, a welt or strengthening strip.
- n. A shoot or twig of a plant, not detached from the stock, partly laid under ground for growth or propagation.
- n. In tanning, a pit or vat containing a strong solution of tannin, in which hides are laid near the end of the tanning process. Also called bloomer-pit.
- In horticulture, to propagate by bending the shoot of a living stem into the soil, the shoot striking root while still fed by the parent plant.
- n. In oyster culture, an artificial oyster-bed.
- n. In cattle-raising, a field or yard in which cattle ready for shipment are kept.
- n. In phytogeography, one of several strata of plants of different vegetation forms met with in some formations, especially in forests.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make or form a layer
- n. an abstract place usually conceived as having depth
- n. a hen that lays eggs
- n. thin structure composed of a single thickness of cells
- n. single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance
- n. a relatively thin sheetlike expanse or region lying over or under another
From Middle English leyer, leyare ("a layer of stones or bricks"), equivalent to lay + -er. (Wiktionary)