What does layer mean?

Definitions for layer
ˈleɪ ərlay·er

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word layer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. layer, bed(noun)

    single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance

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

  2. layer(noun)

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

  3. level, layer, stratum(noun)

    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. layer(noun)

    a hen that lays eggs

  5. layer(verb)

    thin structure composed of a single thickness of cells

  6. layer(verb)

    make or form a layer

    "layer the different colored sands"


  1. layer(Noun)

    A single thickness of some material covering a surface

  2. layer(Noun)

    A (usually) horizontal deposit; a stratum.

  3. layer(Noun)

    A person who lays things, such as tiles.

  4. layer(Noun)

    A hen kept to lay eggs.

  5. layer(Noun)

    An item of clothing worn under or over another.

  6. layer(Noun)

    A shoot of a plant, laid underground for growth.

  7. layer(Verb)

    to cut or divide (something) into layers

  8. layer(Verb)

    to arrange (something) in layers.

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

  9. Origin: From leyer, leyare, from lay + -er

Webster Dictionary

  1. Layer(noun)

    one who, or that which, lays

  2. Layer(noun)

    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

  3. Layer(noun)

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

  4. Layer(noun)

    an artificial oyster bed

  5. Origin: [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.

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

How to pronounce layer?

  1. Alex
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  1. layer


  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. Joe Sliwkowski:

    You want (that) to be the top layer, it's the scent you want on top.

  2. Marty Edwards:

    We see more and more that are gaining access to that control system layer.

  3. Unknown:

    Life is like an onion. You peel off one layer at a time and sometimes you weep.

  4. Albert Einstein:

    Common sense is that layer of prejudices which we acquire before we are sixteen.

  5. Joshua Zeichner:

    Ceramides help fill cracks in the outermost layer of your skin, kind of like spackle.

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