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"layer" in British English

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layernoun [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 ​thinsheet of a ​substance: the ​ozone layer A ​thick layer ofclaylies over the ​sandstone. There was a ​thin layer ofoil on the ​surface of the ​water. We ​stripped several layers ofpaint off the ​door.

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  • layer noun [C] (PEOPLE)

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

layerverb [T]

uk   /ˈleɪ.ər/  us   //
to ​arrange something in layers: Layer the ​pasta withslices of ​tomato. potatoes layered with ​onions to ​cuthair so that some ​topparts of the ​hair are ​shorter than the ​hairunderneath, to give it a ​particularstyle 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.
(Definition of layer from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"layer" in American English

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layernoun [C]

 us   /ˈleɪ·ər/
a ​thinsheet of a ​substance on ​top of a ​surface, or a ​level of ​material that is different from the ​material on either ​side: We put on two layers of ​paint. The ​road was ​built up with layers of ​crushedstone and ​asphalt.
layered
adjective  /ˈleɪ·ərd/
Her ​hair is ​long and fluffily layered.

layerverb [T]

 /ˈleɪ·ər/
to ​arrange something in layers: Layer the ​pasta with ​slices of ​tomato.
(Definition of layer from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"layer" in Business English

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layernoun [C]

uk   us   /leɪər/
HR the ​group of ​employees or ​managers at a particular ​level of ​responsibility in an ​organization: layer of bureaucracy/management She argued that a ​jointgoverningboard was a needless layer of ​bureaucracy. We've ​cut the ​number of management layers from five to three.
a ​thin sheet of a substance on ​top of a surface, or a ​level of ​material that is different from the ​material on either ​side: layer of paint/soil/plastic, etc. The ​case was made of layers of ​plastic, paint, and ​titanium. a protective/waterproof/​insulating layer
one of several ​related ways of ​thinking or doing something: a layer of complexity/​meaning
(Definition of layer from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “layer”
in Arabic طَبَقة…
in Korean 층…
in Portuguese camada…
in Catalan capa…
in Japanese 層…
in Chinese (Simplified) 层, 涂层…
in Turkish tabaka, katman, kat…
in Russian слой…
in Chinese (Traditional) 層, 塗層…
in Italian strato…
in Polish warstwa…
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