non·​over·​lap·​ping ˌnän-ˌō-vər-ˈla-piŋ How to pronounce nonoverlapping (audio)
: not overlapping: such as
: not occupying the same area in part
The long, cylindrical body of a gar is covered with hard, diamond-shaped, nonoverlapping scales.Steve Pollick
: entirely separate or distinct
nonoverlapping interests
… two separate and nonoverlapping domains of human thought …Marc Gellman

Examples of nonoverlapping in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among those, there is probably only a single person who will be discovered almost exclusively by two generally nonoverlapping groups: avid readers of the corpus of Noam Chomsky, and members of the Marine Corps. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, 11 Jan. 2022 If there are several two-dimensional and nonoverlapping wheels, or disks, of equal size, can they all be wrapped (connected) with a taut conveyor belt, such that the belt touches all the wheels but doesn’t intersect itself? Siobhan Roberts, New York Times, 25 June 2021 Doing this across millions of people has meant dividing and polarizing populations into nonoverlapping views of reality. Christopher Mims, WSJ, 31 Aug. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonoverlapping was in 1894

Dictionary Entries Near nonoverlapping

Cite this Entry

“Nonoverlapping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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