[oh-ver-lahy] /ˌoʊ vərˈlaɪ/

verb (used with object), overlay, overlain, overlying.
to lie over or upon, as a covering or stratum.
to smother (an infant) by lying upon it, as in sleep.
verb (transitive) -lies, -lying, -lay, -lain
to lie or rest upon Compare overlay
to kill (a baby or newborn animal) by lying upon it

late 12c., from over- + lie (v.2), or from an unrecorded Old English *oferlicgan. “In use from 12th to 16th c.; in 17-18th displaced by overlay; reintroduced in 19th c., chiefly in geological use.” [OED]. Related: Overlay; overlain.


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