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  1. lay·er
    IPA[ˈlāər]
  2. noun

    • 1. a sheet, quantity, or thickness of material, typically one of several, covering a surface or body:

      bears depend on a layer of blubber to keep them warm in the water a larger missile would provide a layer of defense at higher altitudes
    • 2. a level of seniority in the hierarchy of an organization:

      a managerial layer
    • 3. a person or thing that lays something:

      the worms are prolific egg-layers
    • 4. a shoot fastened down to take root while attached to the parent plant:

      they can be increased from cuttings and layers

    verb

    • 1. arrange in a layer or layers:

      in an ovenproof dish layer the potato and zucchini slices
    • 2. cut (hair) in overlapping layers:

      we layered the hair to give her lots of styling alternatives
    • 3. propagate (a plant) as a layer.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: layer, plural noun: layers

    • v.: verb: layer, 3rd person present: layers, gerund or present participle: layering, past tense: layered, past participle: layered

    • noun

      a sheet, quantity, or thickness of material, typically one of several, covering a surface or body:

      a level of seniority in the hierarchy of an organization:

    • verb

      arrange in a layer or layers:

      cut (hair) in overlapping layers:

    • adjective

      arranged in a layer or layers:

      (of hair) cut in overlapping layers:

    • adjective

      arranged in a layer or layers:

      (of hair) cut in overlapping layers:

    • noun

      a layer in the epidermis in which skin cells are continually formed by division.
    • noun

      each of the three layers of cells (ectoderm, mesoderm, and endoderm) that are formed in the early embryo.
    • noun

      the middle layer of the shell of a mollusk, consisting of calcite or aragonite.
    • noun

      a layer of parallel elongated cells below the epidermis of a leaf.
    • noun

      a layer in the earth's stratosphere at an altitude of about 6.2 miles (10 km) containing a high concentration of ozone, which absorbs most of the ultraviolet radiation reaching the earth from the sun.
    • noun

      the lowest layer of the ionosphere, able to reflect low-frequency radio waves.
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