Dictionary: A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z


[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.


Read Also:

  • Overlimit

    [lim-it] /ˈlɪm ɪt/ noun 1. the final, utmost, or furthest boundary or point as to extent, amount, continuance, procedure, etc.: the limit of his experience; the limit of vision. 2. a boundary or bound, as of a country, area, or district. 3. Mathematics. 4. limits, the premises or region enclosed within boundaries: We found them […]

  • Overline

    [oh-ver-lahyn] /ˈoʊ vərˌlaɪn/ noun, Printing, Journalism. 1. a cutline, usually of one , appearing over a picture, cartoon, etc. 2. (def 10).

  • Overlive

    /ˌəʊvəˈlɪv/ verb 1. to live longer than (another person) 2. to survive or outlive (an event)

  • Overload

    [verb oh-ver-lohd; noun oh-ver-lohd] /verb ˌoʊ vərˈloʊd; noun ˈoʊ vərˌloʊd/ verb (used with object) 1. to to excess; overburden: Don’t overload the raft or it will sink. noun 2. an excessive . verb (ˌəʊvəˈləʊd) 1. (transitive) to put too large a load on or in noun (ˈəʊvəˌləʊd) 2. an excessive load v. 1550s, “to place […]

Disclaimer: Overlied definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.