What does layer mean?

Definitions for layer
ˈleɪ ərlay·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. layer, bednoun

    single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance

    "slices of hard-boiled egg on a bed of spinach"

  2. layernoun

    a relatively thin sheetlike expanse or region lying over or under another

  3. level, layer, stratumnoun

    an abstract place usually conceived as having depth

    "a good actor communicates on several levels"; "a simile has at least two layers of meaning"; "the mind functions on many strata simultaneously"

  4. layernoun

    a hen that lays eggs

  5. layerverb

    thin structure composed of a single thickness of cells

  6. layerverb

    make or form a layer

    "layer the different colored sands"


  1. layernoun

    A single thickness of some material covering a surface

    Etymology: From leyer, leyare, from lay + -er

  2. layernoun

    A (usually) horizontal deposit; a stratum.

    Etymology: From leyer, leyare, from lay + -er

  3. layernoun

    A person who lays things, such as tiles.

    Etymology: From leyer, leyare, from lay + -er

  4. layernoun

    A hen kept to lay eggs.

    Etymology: From leyer, leyare, from lay + -er

  5. layernoun

    An item of clothing worn under or over another.

    Etymology: From leyer, leyare, from lay + -er

  6. layernoun

    A shoot of a plant, laid underground for growth.

    Etymology: From leyer, leyare, from lay + -er

  7. layerverb

    to cut or divide (something) into layers

    Etymology: From leyer, leyare, from lay + -er

  8. layerverb

    to arrange (something) in layers.

    Layer the ribbons on top of one another to make an attractive pattern.

    Etymology: From leyer, leyare, from lay + -er

Webster Dictionary

  1. Layernoun

    one who, or that which, lays

    Etymology: [See Lay to cause to lie flat.]

  2. Layernoun

    that which is laid; a stratum; a bed; one thickness, course, or fold laid over another; as, a layer of clay or of sand in the earth; a layer of bricks, or of plaster; the layers of an onion

    Etymology: [See Lay to cause to lie flat.]

  3. Layernoun

    a shoot or twig of a plant, not detached from the stock, laid under ground for growth or propagation

    Etymology: [See Lay to cause to lie flat.]

  4. Layernoun

    an artificial oyster bed

    Etymology: [See Lay to cause to lie flat.]


  1. Layer

    In object-oriented design, a layer is a group of classes that have the same set of link-time module dependencies to other modules. In other words, a layer is a group of reusable components that are reusable in similar circumstances. In programming languages, the layer distinction is often expressed as "import" dependencies between software modules. Layers are often arranged in a tree-form hierarchy, with dependency relationships as links between the layers. Dependency relationships between layers are often either inheritance, composition or aggregation relationships, but other kinds of dependencies can also be used. Layers is an architectural pattern described in many books, for example Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Layer

    lā′ėr, n. a stratum—better Lair (q.v.). See Lay.


  1. Layer

    Layer is the open communications Layer for the InternetApps can build messaging, voice and video into your app in minutes.We started Layer to make rich, secure, scalable communications easy.Layer is the open communications layer for the Internet, enabling the power of messaging, voice and video calling in any mobile or web product.The Layer team is full of developers and designers passionate about enabling people to communicate better across all the products they use.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'layer' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3801

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'layer' in Nouns Frequency: #1142

Anagrams for layer »

  1. early

  2. relay, re-lay

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of layer in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of layer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of layer in a Sentence

  1. Van Dam:

    It was literally stuck underneath a warm layer of air just above. In the meteorological world, this is referred to as an inversion when the temperature actually warms with height (as opposed to it cooling with a rise in altitude).

  2. Johann Klages:

    During the initial shipboard assessments, the unusual coloration of the sediment layer quickly caught our attention ; it clearly differed from the layers above it, we had found a layer originally formed on land, not in the ocean.

  3. Mila Kunis:

    I can’t express or explain what came over me, but all of a sudden, I genuinely was like, ‘Oh, my God, I feel like a part of my heart just got ripped out.’ It was the weirdest feeling, it doesn’t take away from who I am as a person, but it just adds an entire different layer.

  4. Dr Homer:

    The fundamental principle is that under every brown eye is a blue eye, the only difference between a brown eye and a blue eye is this very thin layer of pigment on the surface. Bright like the sky.

  5. Brian Fields:

    Earth-based catastrophes such as large-scale volcanism and global warming can destroy the ozone layer, too, but evidence for those is inconclusive for the time interval in question.

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