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 ).

1840–50, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase lay out Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Word Origin & History

"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 Dictionary

layout definition

  1. n.
    a place; a place to live. (See also setup.) : How much does a layout like this set you back a month?
  2. n.
    a floor plan. : Let's see if the layout is what we want.
  3. n.
    a scheme. (Underworld.) : Now here's the layout. Lefty goes in this side, and Ratface comes in the other way.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
Think ahead about the physical layout you want for the picture.
Meier, but he said he did not design the show's layout.
Interns are included in story-planning sessions and photo and layout reviews.
The layout is sleeker, more user-friendly and takes better advantage of the web
  medium, however.
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