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layering

[ley-er-ing] /ˈleɪ ər ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the wearing of lightweight or unconstructed garments one upon the other, as to create a fashionable ensemble or to provide warmth without undue bulkiness or heaviness.
2.
Tailoring. the trimming of multiple layers of fabric at the seam allowance of a garment so as to prevent a ridge on the face of the garment when the seam is sewn.
3.
Horticulture. Also, layerage
[ley-er-ij] /ˈleɪ ər ɪdʒ/ (Show IPA)
. a method of propagating plants by causing their shoots to take root while still attached to the parent plant.
Origin of layering
layer + -ing1

layer

[ley-er] /ˈleɪ ər/
noun
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.
  1. a shoot or twig that is induced to root while still attached to the living stock, as by bending and covering with soil.
  2. 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.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English leyer, legger. See lay1, -er1
Related forms
layerable, adjective
interlayer, noun
interlayer, verb (used with object)
nonlayered, adjective
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  • The best season for layering is the summer, from the end of June to the end of August; and, for some varieties, even later.

    The Book of Roses Francis Parkman
  • They can be propagated by layering, which is rather a slow method, or rapidly by seed.

    Talks about Flowers. M. D. Wellcome
  • This operation is variously known as “summer,” "herbaceous," “green” and “soft” layering.

    The Nursery Book Liberty Hyde Bailey
  • They then resorted to grafting and layering, with much better success.

  • The varieties may be propagated by cuttings, or by layering; but they root, by both modes, with great difficulty.

    Woodland Gleanings Charles Tilt
British Dictionary definitions for layering

layering

/ˈleɪərɪŋ/
noun
1.
(horticulture) a method of propagation that induces a shoot or branch to take root while it is still attached to the parent plant
2.
(geology) the banded appearance of certain igneous and metamorphic rocks, each band being of a different mineral composition

layer

/ˈleɪə/
noun
1.
a thickness of some homogeneous substance, such as a stratum or a coating on a surface
2.
one of four or more levels of vegetation defined in ecological studies: the ground or moss layer, the field or herb layer, the shrub layer, and one or more tree layers
3.
a laying hen
4.
(horticulture)
  1. a shoot or branch rooted during layering
  2. a plant produced as a result of layering
verb
5.
to form or make a layer of (something)
6.
to take root or cause to take root by layering
Word Origin
C14 leyer, legger, from lay1 + -er1
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Word Origin and History for layering

layer

n.

late 14c., "one who or that lays" (especially stones, "a mason"), agent noun from lay (v.). Passive sense of "that which is laid over a surface" first recorded 1610s, but because earliest English use was in cookery, this is perhaps from French liue "binding," used of a thickened sauce. Layer cake attested from 1881.

v.

1832, from layer (n.). Related: Layered; layering.

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layering in Medicine

layer lay·er (lā'ər)
n.
A single thickness of a material covering a surface or forming an overlying part or segment. v. lay·ered, lay·er·ing, lay·ers
To divide or form into layers.

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