One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action of arranging something in layers.
- ‘Masculinity is softer this spring, with suiting complemented with soft layering.’
- ‘The layering of local government is not unique to Pennsylvania.’
- ‘Time to let out a collective sigh of relief: layering is making a comeback.’
- ‘The gouache surfaces are also interesting for their dense layering.’
- ‘Since it mimics the layering of skin, the invention itself probably derived from observation.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The shape has been gently molded into a flattering curve, with hidden layering used to create and remove weight where needed.’
- ‘Through effective arranging and layering, the final piece of public art becomes a beautiful three-dimensional collaboration.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It uses stylish layering of varied flattering lengths, featuring cheeky elements of design.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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 the coloured wooden panels and their roughly-torn edges look like the wings of a bird.’
- ‘There is no lipstick that can withstand that kind of layering.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1Geology The presence or formation of layers in sedimentary or igneous rock.
- ‘The layering in these ultramafic rocks, and their position above mantle tectonites, is attributed to lower crustal igneous processes.’
- ‘Studies of layering in individual lava flows suggest that rising volatiles may effect mass transfer of complexed ions during differentiation in magma chambers.’
- ‘Sedimentary layering is manifested as alignment of grains and carbonaceous material.’
- ‘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.’
2The method or activity of propagating a plant by producing layers.
- ‘In the case of white cedar, more than 50% of the seedlings originated from vegetative layering.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Clonal progeny may be produced by stolons, runners, rhizomes, tubers, buds on bulbs, corms and roots, layering of stems, and agamospermous seed.’
- ‘Perennial varieties may be propagated by tip cuttings, layering or division.’
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