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English noun: layer

1. layer (artifact) single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance

SamplesSlices of hard-boiled egg on a bed of spinach.


Broader (hypernym)artefact, artifact

Narrower (hyponym)backing, blanket, course, cushion, interlayer, lift, mount, overlay, ply, row, tier, wall

Part meronymlaminate

2. layer (location) a relatively thin sheetlike expanse or region lying over or under another

Broader (hypernym)part, region

Narrower (hyponym)asthenosphere, cell wall, chromosphere, crust, Earth's crust, Earth's surface, exosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, lower mantle, mantle, mesosphere, ozone layer, ozonosphere, snow, stratosphere, stratum, surface, thermosphere, tropopause, troposphere, upper mantle

3. layer (cognition) an abstract place usually conceived as having depth

SamplesA good actor communicates on several levels.
A simile has at least two layers of meaning.
The mind functions on many strata simultaneously.

Synonymslevel, stratum

Broader (hypernym)place

4. layer (animal) a hen that lays eggs

Broader (hypernym)biddy, hen

5. layer (animal) thin structure composed of a single thickness of cells

Broader (hypernym)anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure

Narrower (hyponym)blastoderm, blastodisc, germinal area, germinal disc, hypodermis

English verb: layer

1. layer (contact) make or form a layer

SamplesLayer the different colored sands.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work

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