|1.||[ noun ] single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance|
"slices of hard-boiled egg on a bed of spinach"
|Related terms:||sheet wall interlayer backing course tier tier lift blanket ply laminate|
|2.||[ verb ] make or form a layer|
"layer the different colored sands"
|3.||[ noun ] a relatively thin sheetlike expanse or region lying over or under another|
|Related terms:||region snow surface stratum crust upper_mantle exosphere thermosphere hydrosphere lithosphere mesosphere tropopause asthenosphere mantle ozone_layer lower_mantle chromosphere stratosphere troposphere|
|4.||[ noun ] (zoology) a hen that lays eggs|
|Related terms:||hen lay|
|5.||[ noun ] (horse racing) an abstract place usually conceived as having depth|
"a good actor communicates on several levels" "a simile has at least two layers of meaning" "the mind functions on many strata simultaneously"
|6.||[ noun ] (zoology) thin structure composed of a single thickness of cells|
|Related terms:||structure hypodermis blastoderm|