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layer

noun [C] uk   /ˈleɪ.ər/ us    //

layer noun [C] (MATERIAL)

B2 a level of material, such as a type of rock or gas, that is different from the material above or below it, or a thin sheet of a substance: the ozone layer A thick layer of clay lies over the sandstone. There was a thin layer of oil on the surface of the water. We stripped several layers of paint off the door.
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layer noun [C] (PEOPLE)

the group of people at a particular level in an organization: We've cut the number of management layers from five to three.

layer

verb [T] uk   /ˈleɪ.ər/ us    //
to arrange something in layers: Layer the pasta with slices of tomato. potatoes layered with onions to cut hair so that some top parts of the hair are shorter than the hair underneath, to give it a particular style or shape: Can you layer it a little at the front, please?
layered
adjective uk   /-əd/ us    /-ɚd/
Her hair is long and fluffily layered.
Translations of “layer”
in Korean 층…
in Arabic طَبَقة…
in Portuguese camada…
in Catalan capa…
in Japanese 層…
in Italian strato…
in Chinese (Traditional) 層, 塗層…
in Russian слой…
in Turkish tabaka, katman, kat…
in Chinese (Simplified) 层, 涂层…
in Polish warstwa…
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