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Overlay   Listen
verb
Overlay  v. t.  (past & past part. overlaid; pres. part. 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." "As when a cloud his beams doth overlay." "Framed of cedar overlaid with gold." "And overlay With this portentous bridge the dark abyss."
2.
Specifically: To cover (an object made of an inexpensive metal, glass, or other material) with a thin sheet of an expensive metal, especially with silver or gold. Distinguished from to plate, which is done by a chemical or electrical deposition process.
3.
To smother with a close covering, or by lying upon. "This woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid it." "A heap of ashes that o'erlays your fire."
4.
(Printing) To put an overlay on.






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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Words linked to "Overlay" :   overlie, ornament, cover, layer, protective cover, splash, overlayer, sheathing, bed, ornamentation, decoration, kill



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