Layer vs Skin - What's the difference?

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Layer is a related term of skin.

As nouns the difference between layer and skin

is that layer is a single thickness of some material covering a surface while skin is (uncountable) the outer protective layer of the body of any animal, including of a human.

As verbs the difference between layer and skin

is that layer is (ambitransitive) to cut or divide (something) into layers while skin is to injure the skin of.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en noun)
  • A single thickness of some material covering a surface.
  • Wrap the loaf in two layers of aluminum foil before putting it in the oven.
    After the first coat of paint dried, he applied another layer .
  • # An item of clothing worn under or over another.
  • It's cold now but it will warm up this afternoon. Make sure you wear layers .
  • A (usually) horizontal deposit; a stratum.
  • I find seven-layer cake a bit too rich.
  • A person who lays things, such as tiles.
  • A mature female bird, insect, etc. that is able to lay eggs.
  • When dealing with an infestation of headlice, the first step is to eliminate the layers .
  • A hen kept to lay eggs.
  • A shoot of a plant, laid underground for growth.
  • Synonyms

    * (stratum) stratum

    Derived terms

    * boundary layer * ozone layer


    (en verb)
  • (ambitransitive) to cut or divide (something) into layers
  • (ambitransitive) to arrange (something) in layers.
  • Layer the ribbons on top of one another to make an attractive pattern.


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    (wikipedia skin)


  • (uncountable) The outer protective layer of the body of any animal, including of a human.
  • He is so disgusting he makes my skin crawl.
  • (uncountable) The outer protective layer of the fruit of a plant.
  • (countable) The skin and fur of an individual animal used by humans for clothing, upholstery, etc.
  • (countable) A congealed layer on the surface of a liquid.
  • In order to get to the rest of the paint in the can, you?ll have to remove the skin floating on top of it.
  • (countable, computing) A set of resources that modifies the appearance and/or layout of the graphical user interface of a computer program.
  • You can use this skin to change how the browser looks.
  • (countable, slang) Rolling paper for cigarettes.
  • Pass me a skin , mate.
  • (countable, slang)
  • (Australia) A subgroup of Australian aboriginal people; such divisions are cultural and not related to an individual?s physical skin''. 1994 , ''Macquarie Aboriginal Words , , paperback ISBN 0-949757-79-9, Introduction.
  • (countable, video games) An alternate appearance (texture map or geometry) for a 3D character model in a video game.
  • (slang) Bare flesh, particularly bare breasts.
  • Let me see a bit of skin .
  • A vessel made of skin, used for holding liquids.
  • * Tennyson
  • skins of wine
  • (nautical) That part of a sail, when furled, which remains on the outside and covers the whole.
  • (Totten)
  • (nautical) The covering, as of planking or iron plates, outside the framing, forming the sides and bottom of a vessel; the shell; also, a lining inside the framing.
  • Synonyms

    * (outer covering of living tissue) dermis, integument, tegument * (outer protective layer of a plant or animal) peel (of fruit or vegetable), pericarp * (skin of an animal used by humans) hide, pelt * (congealed layer on the surface of a liquid) film * (subgroup of Australian Aboriginals) moiety, section, subsection

    Derived terms

    * banana skin * buckskin * by the skin of one's teeth * calfskin * cleanskin * comfortable in one's own skin * deerskin * doeskin * get under someone's skin * give some skin to * goatskin * goose skin * it's no skin off my back * jump in one's skin * lambskin * loinskin * make one's skin crawl * moleskin * no skin off my nose * pigskin * sealskin * second skin * sharkskin * sheepskin * shirts and skins * skin and bone, skin and bones * skin cancer * skin care, skincare * skin cell * skin cream * skin-deep * skin disease * skin effect * skin flick * skinflint * skin flute * skinfold * skinful * skin graft * skinhead * skin in the game * skinless * skin movie * skin type * snakeskin * waterskin * wineskin

    See also

    * cutaneous * cutis * dermis * epidermis


  • To injure the skin of.
  • He fell off his bike and skinned his knee on the concrete.
  • To remove the skin and/or fur of an animal or a human.
  • (colloquial) To high five.
  • (transitive, computing, colloquial) To apply a skin to (a computer program).
  • Can I skin the application to put the picture of my cat on it?
  • (UK, soccer, transitive) To use tricks to go past a defender.
  • * {{quote-news
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  • To become covered with skin.
  • A wound eventually skins over.
  • To cover with skin, or as if with skin; hence, to cover superficially.
  • * Shakespeare
  • It will but skin and film the ulcerous place.
  • (US, slang, archaic) To produce, in recitation, examination, etc., the work of another for one's own, or to use cribs, memoranda, etc., which are prohibited.
  • (slang, dated) To strip of money or property; to cheat.
  • Synonyms

    * (injure the skin of) bark, chafe, excoriate, graze, scrape * (remove the skin of) flay, fleece, flense, scalp

    Derived terms

    * skinnable * skinner * skin up * there's more than one way to skin a cat * thin-skinned * thick-skinned * tough-skinned


    * inks, sink


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