1. a thickness of some material laid on or spread over a surface: a layer of soot on the window sill; two layers of paint. 2. bed; stratum: alternating layers of basalt and sandstone. 3. a person or thing that lays: a carpet layer. 4. a hen kept for egg production. 5. one of several items of clothing worn one on top of the other. 6. Horticulture .a shoot or twig that is induced to root while still attached to the living stock, as by bending and covering with soil. b. a plant so propagated. 7. Ropemaking . a machine for laying rope or cable.
verb (used with object)
8. to make a layer of. 9. to form or arrange in layers. 10. to arrange or wear (clothing) in layers: You can layer this vest over a blouse or sweater. 11. Horticulture . to propagate by layering.
verb (used without object)
12. to separate into or form layers. 13. (of a garment) to permit of wearing in layers; be used in layering: Frilly blouses don't layer well.
1. belonging to, pertaining to, or performed by the people or laity, as distinguished from the clergy: a lay sermon. 2. not belonging to, connected with, or proceeding from a profession, especially the law or medicine.