overcast

verb
over·​cast
overcast; overcasting

Definition of overcast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 \ ˌō-​vər-​ˈkast How to pronounce overcast (audio) , ˈō-​vər-​ˌkast \ : darken, overshadow
2 \ ˈō-​vər-​ˌkast How to pronounce overcast (audio) \ : to sew (raw edges of a seam) with long slanting widely spaced stitches to prevent raveling

overcast

adjective
over·​cast | \ ˈō-vər-ˌkast How to pronounce overcast (audio) , ˌō-vər-ˈkast \

Definition of overcast (Entry 2 of 3)

: clouded over an overcast day

overcast

noun
over·​cast | \ ˈō-vər-ˌkast How to pronounce overcast (audio) \

Definition of overcast (Entry 3 of 3)

: covering especially : a covering of clouds over the sky

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Examples of overcast in a Sentence

Verb an impenetrable fog overcast our view of the harbor Adjective It was an overcast morning. They worked in overcast conditions.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Confidence: Medium Sunday: Mostly cloudy to overcast at times. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Quite warm for two more days. Saturday cold front brings Sunday chill.," 23 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Troopers described conditions at the time of the crash as overcast and dry. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, "Troopers: Little Rock man killed in I-530 crash ID’d," 1 Feb. 2021 Saturday night: Partly cloudy skies this evening will become overcast overnight. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Should Greater Cleveland expect snow? Here’s what the top national forecasters say," 23 Jan. 2021 On a day conducive to low scoring –- overcast, light wind, and late morning rain that softened greens –- Kang, a five-time LPGA champion, made eight birdies against no bogeys and tied her career low. Jeff Babineau, ajc, "Jessica Korda with 60 moves within 2 shots of Danielle Kang," 23 Jan. 2021 On a day conducive to low scoring –- overcast, light wind, and late morning rain that softened greens –- Kang, a five-time LPGA champion, made eight birdies against no bogeys and tied her career low. Jeff Babineau, Star Tribune, "Jessica Korda with 60 moves within 2 shots of Danielle Kang," 23 Jan. 2021 While Saturday starts out overcast, those clouds should clear out and give way to mostly sunny skies in Portland, with highs around 50. oregonlive, "Portland metro Saturday weather: Enjoy the winter sun," 16 Jan. 2021 The interactive event drew dozens of visitors over the course of an overcast but mild winter day. Christopher Mosley, Dallas News, "For 10 hours, Dallas artist lay still to help put 2020 in the past," 30 Dec. 2020 The weather is mild and the morning is slightly overcast. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "My first adventure race: Scratched, soaked but having a blast," 25 Sep. 2020 In March 1964, King and Robinson — who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier — led a march of 10,000 people to the state Capitol in Frankfort amid 38-degree weather and under overcast skies. courier-journal.com, "A Derby standoff, a statehouse rally and Louisville marches: MLK's legacy in Kentucky," 18 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Saturday’s hours of sullen and winterlike overcast seemed suited to a day just 30 days from the winter solstice on Dec. 21. Washington Post, "Sky suggests winter, but Saturday stays warm," 22 Nov. 2020 Sea conditions are good and the weather overcast, but no rain today so far, so good news. Los Angeles Times, "‘We called it Voyage of the Damned’: Days of despair on the Grand Princess," 23 Dec. 2020 But, by the quantitative record kept by the National Weather Service, thus far this month, Saturday was our day of maximum overcast. Washington Post, "Gray day remains T-shirt weather in Washington," 11 Oct. 2020 California wildfires like the Creek Fire in the Sierra National Forest, which exploded to 135,000 acres Tuesday, are causing the smokey overcast, according to National Weather Service-Phoenix meteorologist Mark O'Malley. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "Hazy skies expected to persist as wildfires push smoke and dust into Arizona," 9 Sep. 2020 The Star of India slipped from her station at the foot of Broadway into the early morning overcast on her first sailing voyage in 53 years. sandiegouniontribune.com, "July 5, 1976: San Diego celebrates U.S. Bicentennial," 5 July 2018 Meanwhile, a low overcast was streaming northward across the Midwest, and thunderstorms had erupted across southern Illinois. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "April showers to be followed by more cold air," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of overcast

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1536, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1637, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overcast was in the 14th century

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“Overcast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcast. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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overcast

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of overcast

: covered with clouds : darkened by clouds

overcast

adjective
over·​cast | \ ˈō-vər-ˌkast How to pronounce overcast (audio) \

Kids Definition of overcast

: covered with or darkened by clouds

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