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1overlay

verb over·lay \ˌō-vər-ˈlā\

: to cover (something) with a layer of another material

over·laid\-ˈlād\over·lay·ing

Full Definition of OVERLAY

transitive verb
1
a :  to lay or spread over or across :  superimpose
b :  to prepare an overlay for
2
:  overlie 2
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Examples of OVERLAY

  1. <you should apply a coat of primer first, and then overlay it with two coats of paint>
  2. <cedar shingles overlaying one another on the roof>

First Known Use of OVERLAY

14th century

Other Handicraft Terms

biscuit, darn, tambour, wrought

Rhymes with OVERLAY

Adige, A-OK, alleyway, All Fools' Day, All Saints' Day, All Souls' Day, all the way, anyway, appliqué, Arbor Day, arrivé, atelier, attaché, back away, ballonet, bang away, Bastille Day, Beaujolais, beta ray, beurre manié, BHA, blow away, botonée, Boxing Day, breakaway, break away, Bristol Bay, bustier, by the way, cabaret, cableway, Camagüey, canapé, cap-a-pie, Cape Cod Bay, caraway, carriageway, cassoulet, castaway, cathode ray, champlevé, chansonnier, chardonnay, Charolais, chevalier, china clay, cloisonné, cog railway, colorway, Condorcet, consommé, coryphée, cosmic ray, croupier, crudités, cutaway, day-to-day, debauchee, déclassé, dégagé, degree-day, delta ray, démodé, devotee, disarray, disobey, distingué, divorcé, divorcée, DNA, dollar day, double play, draw away, dress-down day, eagle ray, eightfold way, émigré, engagé, entranceway, entremets, entryway, espalier, everyday, exposé, expressway, fadeaway, fallaway, fall away, faraday, Faraday, faraway, fiancé, fiancée, fill away, fire away, flageolet, flyaway, foldaway, gal Friday, gamma ray, garde-manger, Georgian Bay, getaway, girl Friday, giveaway, give away, gratiné, gratinée, Greenaway, Groundhog Day, guillemet, Harare, hell to pay, Hemingway, hereaway, hideaway, hit the hay, HLA, holiday, holy day, Hornaday, Hudson Bay, Hugh Capet, Humboldt Bay, in a way, inter se, interplay, intraday, IPA, IRA, Ise Bay, judgment day, keep-away, kyrie, Labor Day, lackaday, latter-day, layaway, lay away, lingerie, macramé, Mandalay, manta ray, Massenet, matinee, medal play, meet halfway, MIA, Milky Way, Monterrey, Mother's Day, motorway, muscadet, mystery play, negligee, New Year's Day, New York Bay, Nicolet, night and day, Nottaway, off Broadway, Ojibwa, on the way, out of play, overplay, overstay, overweigh, Paraguay, passageway, pass away, passion play, pepper spray, Petare, photoplay, pikake, pis aller, play-by-play, plug-and-play, popinjay, potter's clay, pourparler, pousse-café, power play, present-day, protégé, protégée, pull away, put away, Put-in-Bay, Rabelais, rack railway, rainy-day, rambouillet, ratiné, recamier, recherché, reconvey, repartee, repoussé, résumé, retroussé, ricochet, right away, right-of-way, rockaway, roentgen ray, rondelet, roundelay, RNA, runaway, run away, Saguenay, salt away, San Jose, Santa Fe, São Tomé, Saturday, satyr play, semplice, Seventh-Day, severance pay, shadow play, sleepaway, sobriquet, sock away, sommelier, square away, steerageway, standaway, stowaway, straightaway, street railway, Table Bay, taboret, tarsier, taxiway, tearaway, tear away, teleplay, Tenebrae, thataway, throwaway, throw away, Thunder Bay, triple play, turn away, Udine, underlay, underpay, underplay, underway, Uruguay, velouté, Venite, vérité, vertebra, virelay, walkaway, Wang Ching-wei, waterway, wellaway, Whitsunday, workaday, working day, Yenisey, Zuider Zee

2overlay

noun over·lay \ˈō-vər-ˌlā\

: material that covers the complete surface or part of the surface of something and that changes its appearance

: a transparent sheet with information or pictures on it that is placed on top of another sheet to change what is being shown

Full Definition of OVERLAY

:  a covering either permanent or temporary: as
a :  an ornamental veneer
b :  a decorative and contrasting design or article placed on top of a plain one
c :  a transparent sheet containing graphic matter to be superimposed on another sheet

Examples of OVERLAY

  1. a silver ring with gold overlay
  2. The wooden table has a marble overlay.

First Known Use of OVERLAY

1794
OVERLAYING Defined for Kids

1overlay

verb over·lay \ˌō-vər-ˈlā\
over·laid \-ˈlād\over·lay·ing

Definition of OVERLAY for Kids

:  to lay or spread over or across <The table top is overlaid with ceramic tiles.>

2overlay

noun over·lay \ˈō-vər-ˌlā\

Definition of OVERLAY for Kids

:  a usually thin covering that is laid over or across something <The silver ring has gold overlay.>

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