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The sides of this hill he covered with a layer of bricks that the sand might not be blown away.

There may be a second layer of bread on top of the meat if desired.

Place a layer of them in a stew-pan; then put in the duck and cover it with ham.

This layer was evidently composed of the relics of a Romano-British people.

If your omelet is to be sweet, before you fold it put in a layer of preserves.

Put a layer of the dark batter in the pan, then a layer of light, until the pan is full.

Put a layer of meat in the bottom of a saucepan, then a layer of potatoes, then one of onions.

Grease a pie-dish, and put a layer of sliced potatoes at the bottom.

Put a layer of macaroni in the bottom of a greased pie-dish.

The second layer of stone is then placed and rolled in the same manner as the first.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "one who or that lays" (especially stones, "a mason"), agent noun from lay (v.). Passive sense of "that which is laid over a surface" first recorded 1610s, but because earliest English use was in cookery, this is perhaps from French liue "binding," used of a thickened sauce. Layer cake attested from 1881.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR LAYER

belt

nounstrip of land with characteristic feature

cortex

nounprotective layer
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