from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A short stop or break in a journey, usually imposed by scheduling requirements.

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  • n. A pause in a journey.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a brief stay in the course of a journey


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  • At least my layover is a longish one; even if my take-off is delayed, I probably won't miss my connecting flight (knock on wood).

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  • The layover is short and the overall travel time is only about 16 hours, from Virginia to Beirut...

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  • Our layover was a day in Paris – what a great place!

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  • Whether it's alcohol, all the Xanax you took, the Ambien someone told you was a good idea or the fact that you're just plain tired, going to sleep on a layover is a bad, bad idea.


  • I have (had, he-he, had!) a ten minute "layover" and usually bought an orange juice and a muffin at the 24-hour McDonalds situated in Dundas West station.

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  • We would thoroughly recommend a 'layover' on a long trip such as we had. TravelStream? ? Recent Entries at

  • They recovered everything from simple paper matches to a "layover" that consisted of matches balanced on a single cigarette to more elaborate devices made up of wooden matches grouped around a cigarette and secured with duct tape or a rubber band. Homepage

  • The Tregonnings were en route from New Zealand to India and opted for a long layover at Singapore's Changi International Airport just so they could play.

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  • From there we made a short hop to Clyde River, where we took refuge inside the one-room airport during a brief layover, reading posters about hunting and the importance of avoiding polar bears.

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  • So for my first international assignment ever--a trip to India for a Forbes Asia cover story--I instinctively booked the cheapest hotel I could find, as well as the cheapest flight--a 30-hour transatlantic voyage with a 12-hour layover in London, and on two different airlines.

    The Reporter's New Clothes


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