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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun layer:


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Definition of the noun layer

What does layer mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: layers

  1. single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of layer: bed
    • more generic words: artefact / artifact = a man-made object taken as a whole
    • more specific words:
      • backing / mount = something forming a back that is added for strengthening
      • blanket = a layer of lead surrounding the highly reactive core of a nuclear reactor
      • course / row = a layer of masonry
      • cushion = the layer of air that supports a hovercraft or similar vehicle
      • interlayer = a layer placed between other layers
      • lift = one of the layers forming the heel of a shoe or boot
      • overlay = a layer of decorative material (such as gold leaf or wood veneer) applied over a surface
      • ply = one of several layers of cloth or paper or wood as in plywood
      • tier = one of two or more layers one atop another
      • wall = a layer of material that encloses space
    • part of: laminate = a sheet of material made by bonding two or more sheets or layers
  2. a relatively thin sheetlike expanse or region lying over or under another
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • more generic words: part / region = the extended spatial location of something
    • more specific terms:
      • stratum = one of several parallel layers of material arranged one on top of another
      • asthenosphere = the lower layer of the crust
      • chromosphere = a gaseous layer of the sun's atmosphere (extending from the photosphere to the corona) that is visible during a total eclipse of the sun
      • Earth's crust / crust = the outer layer of the Earth
      • exosphere = the outermost atmospheric layer
      • hydrosphere = the watery layer of the earth's surface
      • lithosphere / geosphere = the solid part of the earth consisting of the crust and outer mantle
      • lower mantle = the deeper part of the mantle
      • mantle = the layer of the earth between the crust and the core
      • mesosphere = the atmospheric layer between the stratosphere and the thermosphere
      • ozone layer / ozonosphere = a layer in the stratosphere (at approximately 20 miles) that contains a concentration of ozone sufficient to block most ultraviolet radiation from the sun
      • stratosphere = the atmospheric layer between the troposphere and the mesosphere
      • Earth's surface / surface = the outermost level of the land or sea
      • thermosphere = the atmospheric layer between the mesosphere and the exosphere
      • tropopause = the region of discontinuity between the troposphere and the stratosphere
      • troposphere = the lowest atmospheric layer
      • upper mantle = the upper part of the mantle
      • cell wall = a rigid layer of polysaccharides enclosing the membrane of plant and prokaryotic cells
      • snow = a layer of snowflakes (white crystals of frozen water) covering the ground
  3. an abstract place usually conceived as having depth
    • example: a simile has at least two layers of meaning
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of layer: level / stratum
    • more generic word: place = an abstract mental location
  4. a hen that lays eggs
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic words: biddy / hen = adult female chicken
  5. thin structure composed of a single thickness of cells

Alternative definition of the noun layer


  1. A single thickness of some material covering a surface
  2. A (usually) horizontal deposit; a stratum.
  3. A person who lays things, such as tiles.
  4. A hen kept to lay eggs.
  5. An item of clothing worn under or over another.
  6. A shoot of a plant, laid underground for growth.

Definition of the verb layer

What does layer mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: layered | layering | layers

  1. make or form a layer
    • example: layer the different colored sands
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: forge / form / mold / mould / shape / work = make something, usually for a specific function

Alternative definition of the verb layer


  1. [ambitransitive] to cut or divide (something) into layers
  2. [ambitransitive] to arrange (something) in layers.


  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.
  2. Layer: A layer is the deposition of molecules on a substrate or base .
  3. Layer a.k.a. Layer element: Layers were the core of a method of dynamic HTML programming specific to Netscape 4. Each layer was treated as a separate document object in JavaScript. The content could be included in the same file within the non-standard layer element or loaded from a separate file with or . It could also be generated via JavaScript with the layer = new Layer constructor. The content would then be inserted into the layer with layer.document.write.
  4. Layer is a website.

Phrases with Layer

Phrase starting with the word Layer:

  1. layer cake

Phrases ending with the word Layer:

  1. d-layer
  2. e layer
  3. f layer
  4. to layer
  5. germ layer
  6. horny layer
  7. ozone layer
  8. tissue layer
  9. appleton layer
  10. boundary layer
  11. Graphene Layer

Other phrases containing the word Layer:

  1. Osi Layer 1
  2. Osi Layer 2
  3. Osi Layer 3
  4. Osi Layer 4
  5. Osi Layer 5
  6. Osi Layer 6
  7. Osi Layer 7
  8. Osi Layer 8

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Layer

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Google previewThe Biology of the Eye (2005)

by Jorge Fischbarg

The epichoroid, or suprachoroidal layer is the outermost part of the choroid facing the sclera.

Google previewSea-Level Science, Understanding Tides, Surges, Tsunamis and Mean Sea-Level Changes (2016)

by CTI Reviews

The benthic boundary layer is the layer of water directly above the sediment at the bottom of a river, lake or sea. It is generated by the friction of the water moving over the surface of the substrate. The thickness of this zone is determined by ...

Google previewGoing to University Abroad (2013)

A Guide to Studying Outside the UK by Martin Hyde, Anthony Hyde

The first layer is the new classroom and the academic culture you are in, the second is the new university with its different administration and general pro- cedures, the third layer is the social life associated with the university environment ...

Google previewStar Gods of the Maya (1999)

Astronomy in Art, Folklore, and Calendars by Susan Milbrath

The first layer is the visible sky, the second is where the stars and moon are located, and the third is where the sun (Christ), the bright constellations, and St. Jerome are located (Gossen 1974b:21, Fig. 1). Data collected in the Yucatec Maya ...

Google previewLectures on Petri Nets I: Basic Models (1998)

Advances in Petri Nets by Wolfgang Reisig, Grzegorz Rozenberg

The first layer is the most fundamental and is especially well suited for a thorough investigation of foundational issues of concurrent systems.

Google previewForages and grazing in horse nutrition (2012)

by Markku Saastamoinen, Maria João Fradinho, Ana Sofia Santos, Nicoletta Miraglia

Increase in cell wall material Plant cell walls consist of four layers: the outermost layer is the middle lamella which separates adjacent cells in cell division, the second layer is the primary cell wall, the third is the secondary cell wall, and the ...

Google previewThe Micrographic Dictionary (1875)

A Guide to the Examination and Investigation of the Structure and Nature of Microscopic Objects by John William Griffith, Arthur Henfrey

as the termination of the retina, consists of a single layer of beautiful, regularly six- rided cells (fig. 209 a, b), from 1-2000 to l-loOO" in diameter; they contain abundance of pigment. Beyond the margin of the retina, the ...

Google previewAn Encyclopedia-dictionary and Reference Handbook of the Ophthalmic Sciences (1903)

Designed to Give, in Complete and Accurate Statement, and in the Readiest Form for Popular Use, the Orthography, Pronunciation, Meaning and Etymology of All the Words and Terms Used in the Ophthalmic Sciences by Robert H. Knowles, Rollin Henry Knowles

The Sclerotic Tunic is a dense, white, fibrous layer of the eyeball which serves the purpose of offering a strong protection to the intra-ocular contents and also offers a strong support for the insertion of the extra ocular muscle. This tunic is poorly ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chromatography (2005)

by Jack Cazes

Layer. Chromatography. Fernando M. Lanzas Institute de Quimica de Sao Carlos , Universidade. Jan K. Rozyto Marie Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland INTRODUCTION Conventional TLC in our experience, known under the name ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Surface and Colloid Science (2006)

by P. Somasundaran

Following a mass action law, any increase in the concentration of free ions in solution will promote the exchange with bound counterions localized in the Stern layer of the micelle. Multivalent ions exhibit a higher affinity for the surface of the ...

Google previewThe Focal Encyclopedia of Photography (2013)

by Michael R. Peres

Cross section through an Ilfochrome copy material (six layers). gelatin layer is coated on top to physically protect the photographic layers. Figure 45 shows the material in a wet and therefore swollen state after development and before ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry: Fundamentals (2001)

by Nicholas D. Spencer, John H. Moore

x = 0, the concentration of the electroactive species will be c" and up to a distance S away from the electrode, there is a stagnant layer, in which diffusion is the only form of mass transport (the Nernst diffusion layer).

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Quotes about Layer

At the center of each human heart is goodness, layered over with hurt, confusion, and mistaken ideas. Our task is to gently peel off layer after layer until the unfettered heart can shed its love upon the world. (Sue Patton Thoele)
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Scrabble value of L1A1Y4E1R1

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of LAYER

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