verb over·lie \-ˈlī\

: to lie over or on (something)


Full Definition of OVERLIE

transitive verb
:  to lie over or upon
:  to cause the death of by lying upon

Examples of OVERLIE

  1. <the puzzle pieces overlay one another in complete disarray on the floor>
  2. <there will be freezing rain tonight, so we can expect to find a thick layer of ice overlying the car windshield in the morning>

First Known Use of OVERLIE

13th century

Related to OVERLIE

Rhymes with OVERLIE

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Medical Dictionary


transitive verb over·lie \ˌō-vər-ˈlī\
over·lay \-ˈlā\ over·lain \-ˈlān\ over·ly·ing \-ˈlī-iŋ\

Medical Definition of OVERLIE

:  to cause the death of by lying upon


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