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[ley-out] /ˈleɪˌaʊt/
an arrangement or plan:
We objected to the layout of the house.
the act of laying or spreading out.
a plan or sketch, as of an advertisement or a page of a newspaper or magazine, indicating the arrangement and relationship of the parts, as of type and artwork.
(in advertising, publishing, etc.) the technique, process, or occupation of making layouts.
Journalism. spread (def 33).
Informal. a place, as of residence or business, and the features that go with it; a setup:
a fancy layout with a swimming pool and a tennis court.
Informal. a display or spread, as of dishes at a meal.
a collection or set of tools, implements, or the like.
Cards. an arrangement of cards dealt according to a given pattern, as in solitaire.
Diving, Gymnastics. a body position in which one is fully extended and arched backward, with the legs together and straight, the head thrown back, and the arms extended sideways.
Compare pike7 , tuck1 (def 13).
Origin of layout
1840-50, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase lay out Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I shore wont spile another sech a layout by bein prematoorly inquisitive that a-way.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • This layout is not as convenient as that shown in Figure 43, but is less expensive.

  • The html version of this etext attempts to reproduce the layout of the printed text.

    The Tyranny of Tears Charles Haddon Chambers
  • The idea was to get inside and see the layout—spot the office, the file cabinets.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • I was sure then, and moved silently along toward the layout.

    Fighting Byng A. Stone
  • I cast around the thicket with my sense of perception and caught the layout.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • He would sometimes have Williams explain just what their character and layout was to be.

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
Word Origin and History for layout

also lay-out, "configuration, arrangement," 1852, from lay (v.) + out. Meaning "rough design of a printing job" is from 1910.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for layout



  1. A place; house; living arrangements: Nice little layout you got here (1869+)
  2. Place, equipment, apparatus, etc, for a particular purpose: who may never have seen such a layout (1886+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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