Definition of layering in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action of arranging something in layers.

    • ‘The layering of the coloured wooden panels and their roughly-torn edges look like the wings of a bird.’
    • ‘Masculinity is softer this spring, with suiting complemented with soft layering.’
    • ‘It uses stylish layering of varied flattering lengths, featuring cheeky elements of design.’
    • ‘Time to let out a collective sigh of relief: layering is making a comeback.’
    • ‘There is a painstaking layering of paint, and certainly it takes many months for him to complete a work, but the paint is still fresh and loose.’
    • ‘Architecture, religion, ritual and music - the layering of social customs and adaptations of design was integrated into imperial Moghul courts by the 15th Century.’
    • ‘Whereas most Chinese food is Cantonese food, in which a velvety clarity is the ideal, Sichuan food is about the intricate layering of sauces, spices, and textures.’
    • ‘The gouache surfaces are also interesting for their dense layering.’
    • ‘Through effective arranging and layering, the final piece of public art becomes a beautiful three-dimensional collaboration.’
    • ‘The shape has been gently molded into a flattering curve, with hidden layering used to create and remove weight where needed.’
    • ‘Another risk is the amount of layering, arranging, and producing that went into the songs was beyond our production level and ability.’
    • ‘The layering of local government is not unique to Pennsylvania.’
    • ‘There is no lipstick that can withstand that kind of layering.’
    • ‘There is no layering of instruments or vocals on this record at all; it is all very sparse and close to the bone, and there is nothing to hide behind.’
    • ‘I spent all day with my head over a new monoprint, and finished it (I think), layering nine colours on in one day.’
    • ‘The chip uses a new silicon layering process with multiple processors in the one chip.’
    • ‘Air bubbles seem to float just before your eyes, the planes of perspective are miraculously separated, and the layering is remarkably deceptive.’
    • ‘This unevenness of the yarn is explored through layering and fraying of raw edges.’
    • ‘Since it mimics the layering of skin, the invention itself probably derived from observation.’
    1. 1.1Geology The presence or formation of layers in sedimentary or igneous rock.
      • ‘Sedimentary layering is manifested as alignment of grains and carbonaceous material.’
      • ‘The layering in these ultramafic rocks, and their position above mantle tectonites, is attributed to lower crustal igneous processes.’
      • ‘The abundance of magmatic layering in this granite affords an unusual glimpse of early emplacement processes.’
      • ‘Thin layering in sedimentary rocks, preferred orientation of crystals or the presence of fractures in subsurface rocks cause anisotropic wave propagation in rock layers.’
      • ‘Studies of layering in individual lava flows suggest that rising volatiles may effect mass transfer of complexed ions during differentiation in magma chambers.’
  • 2A method of propagating a plant in which a shoot is fastened down to form roots while still attached to the parent plant.

    • ‘Large or disturbed plants regenerate clonally by layering of drooping shoots.’
    • ‘In ancient vineyards all work was done by man, which consisted of ploughing, pruning, trimming, desuckering, layering, and harvesting.’
    • ‘Perennial varieties may be propagated by tip cuttings, layering or division.’
    • ‘In the case of white cedar, more than 50% of the seedlings originated from vegetative layering.’
    • ‘Clonal progeny may be produced by stolons, runners, rhizomes, tubers, buds on bulbs, corms and roots, layering of stems, and agamospermous seed.’