Definition of layout in US English:

layout

noun

  • 1The way in which the parts of something are arranged or laid out.

    ‘changing the layout of the ground floor’
    • ‘Over the years, the examination has been adapted to reflect advances in car design and changing road layouts, with hand signals removed from the test in 1975.’
    • ‘Abruptly, I found construction work had altered the road layout and I had no idea where pedestrians were supposed to go.’
    • ‘As a family kitchen, both layout and materials have been carefully considered.’
    • ‘The interior materials, control layout and appearance are simply prehistoric.’
    • ‘Its strategy calls for plants to essentially be carbon copies of each other: same layout, same processes, same equipment.’
    • ‘When considering hazards, it is not enough to simply examine the components, materials and layout of the building.’
    • ‘The layout is symmetrical and orderly, which contrasts with the cottagey jumble of perennials and bulbs within the four rectangular beds.’
    • ‘This kitchen exemplifies those tenets with its greet-the-day colors, friendly layout, and elemental materials.’
    • ‘But much has changed in those 70 years and the test has been adapted to reflect advances in car design and changing road layouts.’
    • ‘The duo are using the theme of Irish hospitality to create a sensual interior with a contemporary yet classical layout using Irish fabrics and materials.’
    • ‘Rearranging the shop floor layout opened up thousands of square feet and streamlined the process.’
    • ‘While the building is the container for interpretive material, through its form and layout it also becomes part of the interpretive experience.’
    • ‘The design will ‘provide partners with full schematics, layout, bill of materials, drivers and a design guide’, the chip maker said.’
    • ‘Its worker-centered design process and interior layout display an unusual commitment to workplace openness.’
    • ‘The dashboard is modern, made from good materials, and with a very clear layout of all controls and instruments.’
    • ‘There are a number of items to consider, including layout, style, materials and products, safety issues, and building codes.’
    • ‘But the council's highways chief denied it had taken no action, saying three road layouts had been altered and two were awaiting change.’
    • ‘These systems affect the layout and design of modern libraries.’
    • ‘Advances in car design and road layouts meant that the original test gradually became dated.’
    • ‘The L-shaped counter and island layout are familiar but the materials are not.’
    structure, arrangement, construction, framework, format, design, organization, system, planning, order, orderliness, symmetry, proportion
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    1. 1.1 The way in which text or pictures are set out on a page.
      ‘the layout is uncluttered and the illustrations are helpful’
      • ‘I am working on a site right now that is a typical three column layout with a header and footer.’
      • ‘The typography and page layout is open and inviting.’
      • ‘It makes writing all about the words, not about the formatting, typography, layout, or anything else.’
      • ‘This book has an attractive look to it, with a legible typeface and good layout.’
      • ‘First, there's a high-quality cover, nice binding, and vastly improved typesetting and layout.’
      • ‘It is more than a matter of typography and layout.’
      • ‘Sterne was almost compulsively attentive to page layout and typography, going so far as to specify the length of each dash in printer's ems.’
      • ‘I could reproduce any layout, liquid or fixed width, with pixel-level precision.’
      • ‘Also, although the wording remained the same, the typefaces and layout were changed slightly.’
      • ‘Over the years, I find major changes in the newspapers' content, delivery and layout.’
      • ‘Oh, and I don't really care if you don't like the three column layout.’
      • ‘I have a theory, which I have mentioned from time to time, that readers are sensitive to fonts, layout, and page design, to a far greater extent than is generally recognised.’
      • ‘Despite this, few applicants have actually considered the need to change CV layout and content in line with the online recruitment process.’
      • ‘The typefaces and layout are part of the whole, with cartoons, photos and sketches essential to the whole feel of the project.’
      • ‘In the late 1960s, as I recall from the magazines one read, typography and layout of poems became almost central to the poem.’
      • ‘As part of her earlier experimentation, she started printing on newsprint and borrowed the format of newspaper layout for her work.’
      • ‘It tells us something by way of typographical layout, a luxury that ancient Roman poetry didn't have.’
      • ‘The comforting, if deeply eccentric, typography and layout of the original are still there, along with a mix of photographs new and old.’
      • ‘The text takes on a life of its own, and the typography and layout respond.’
      • ‘Indeed the style and layout of the original book is followed closely, and the translated version is as similar in appearance to the original as possible.’
    2. 1.2 The process of setting out material on a page or in a work.
      ‘doing layout for newspapers and magazines’
      • ‘Usually this is the job of someone who knows something about graphics, printing and layout - in short a graphics designer.’
      • ‘I learned to string a few words together on a community tabloid and was drafted by a grand old broadsheet where I mastered sub-editing and page layout.’
      • ‘Most people are familiar with the process of exploring the design space for page layout in what we call the inverted pyramid process.’
      • ‘In some organizations, the copy editor does design and layout, edits the copy, and supervises the production process.’
      • ‘These include textile design, type design, page layout, interior design, fashion design and architecture.’
      • ‘Print publishing remains a very slow process with a great deal of time dedicated to copyright transfers, layout, typesetting, and printing.’
      • ‘People had been doing layout and typography long before the Web came along.’
      • ‘Photographers now use digital cameras, reporters use mobile phones, and computers are used in story writing and page layout.’
      • ‘The new editions have benefitted from computer word processing and layout.’
      • ‘We regret the bad quality of the Weekender this week, which was not due to poor layout or proofing, but an error at the printing press.’
      • ‘If you'd like to automate page layout even more, pay attention here.’
      • ‘We need money to pay for layout and printing and some basic administration.’
      • ‘Various aspects are covered from sourcing stories, to good writing skills and interviewing skills along with media law and page layout.’
      • ‘If desktop publishing, layout, and word processor magic are not your strengths, then by all means get the help of a friend who is good in these areas.’
      • ‘In this we were limited only by the time and effort we wished to expend, rather than such logistical publishing considerations as page layout and total printing costs.’
      arrangement, geography, design, organization, make-up, shape
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    3. 1.3 A thing arranged or set out in a particular way.
      ‘a model railroad layout’
      • ‘During the layover, the Havre Railroad Museum ran trains on its model railroad layout.’
      • ‘So whether you have been interested in model railways for years or just starting on a new layout of your own (or you received a model train set for Christmas) why not come along for a great day out.’
      • ‘There was a layout of a Ugandan railway, designed and built by a former serviceman, that included tiny model animals ranging from aardvarks to zebra.’
      • ‘A railway line cuts the layout diagonally which means that there is scope for a metro rail link.’
      • ‘The designer decided he would like to present a second layout during the council meeting the next day.’
      • ‘Also on display will be a live steam model layout featuring famous Welsh railway scenes.’
      • ‘More than a dozen first-class layouts, depicting railway scenes from this country and abroad, had been set up by model railway enthusiasts from all parts of the south, each one a joy to study.’
      • ‘There will be guided talks and lectures and model railway layouts.’
      • ‘When in a paper space layout you can edit geometry created in the layout or in the model.’
      • ‘And this event promises to be the best yet containing no less than eight model railway layouts!’
      • ‘Famous structures were incorporated into the layout including models of the Eiffel Tower and Sydney Harbour Bridge.’
      • ‘It runs from 10 am to 5pm and celebrates Swindon's railway heritage with model railway layouts, displays and guided tours of the Swindon Works site.’
      • ‘The theme extends to detailed scale model layouts of tanks and ships, and a war games group will re-enact the D-Day Landings in miniature.’
      • ‘This year the show featured 18 working model railway layouts, spanning 100 years as well as 14 trade stands.’
      • ‘The annual exhibition will be held in the White Horse Leisure Centre on Saturday and Sunday and will feature 18 working model railway layouts and 14 trade stands.’
      • ‘Develop mini model layouts with space for civic amenities.’
      • ‘Railway buffs should steam along to Kendal Leisure Centre on Saturday and Sunday to marvel at the layouts on show at the Model Railway Exhibition.’
      design, arrangement, presentation, style, format
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    4. 1.4 (in diving and gymnastics) a position in which the body is extended, the head upright, the legs held straight and together, and the arms held out to the sides.

Pronunciation

layout

/ˈlāˌout//ˈleɪˌaʊt/