layering

[ley-er-ing]
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] . a method of propagating plants by causing their shoots to take root while still attached to the parent plant.

Origin:
layer + -ing1

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layer

[ley-er]
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.
a.
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.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English leyer, legger. See lay1, -er1

layerable, adjective
interlayer, noun
interlayer, verb (used with object)
nonlayered, adjective
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layer (ˈleɪə)
 
n
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
 a.  a shoot or branch rooted during layering
 b.  a plant produced as a result of layering
 
vb
5.  to form or make a layer of (something)
6.  to take root or cause to take root by layering
 
[C14 leyer, legger, from lay1 + -er1]

layering (ˈleɪərɪŋ)
 
n
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

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layer
1382, "one who or that lays" (especially stones, "a mason"), from lay (v.). Passive sense of "that which is laid" first recorded 1615, but since earliest Eng. use was in cookery, this is perhaps from Fr. liue "binding," used of a thickened sauce.
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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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Layering on more austerity would pummel an economy still struggling to achieve
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On it, have students draw and label the new regions formed by layering the two
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