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Meaning of OVERLAY

Pronunciation:  [n]'owvur`ley, [v]`owvur'ley, `owvur'ley

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  protective covering consisting, for example, of a layer of boards applied to the studs and joists of a building to strengthen it and serve as a foundation for a weatherproof exterior
  2. [v]  kill by lying on; "The sow overlay her piglets"
  3. [v]  put something on top of something else; "cover the meat with a lot of gravy"

OVERLAY is a 7 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: cover, overlayer, overlie, sheathing
 See Also: kill, protection, protective cover, protective covering, splash



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \O`ver*lay"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Overlaid}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Overlaying}.]
    1. To lay, or spread, something over or across; hence, to
       cover; to overwhelm; to press excessively upon.
             When any country is overlaid by the multitude which
             live upon it.                         --Sir W.
             As when a cloud his beams doth overlay. --Spenser.
             Framed of cedar overlaid with gold.   --Milton.
             And overlay With this portentous bridge the dark
             abyss.                                --Milton.
    2. To smother with a close covering, or by lying upon.
             This woman's child died in the night; because she
             overlaid it.                          --1 Kings iii.
             A heap of ashes that o'erlays your fire. --Dryden.
    3. (Printing) To put an overlay on.
  2. \O"ver*lay`\, n.
    1. A covering. --Sir W. Scott.
    2. (Printing) A piece of paper pasted upon the tympan sheet
       to improve the impression by making it stronger at a
       particular place.
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