overcast; overcasting

Definition of overcast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

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


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


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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Synonyms & Antonyms for overcast

Synonyms: Verb

becloud, bedim, befog, blacken, blear, blur, cloud, darken, dim, dislimn, fog, fuzz (up), haze, mist, obscure, overcloud, overshadow, shadow, shroud

Synonyms: Adjective

beclouded, clouded, cloudy, dull, hazed, hazy, heavy, lowering (also louring), overclouded

Antonyms: Verb

brighten, illuminate, illumine, light (up), lighten

Antonyms: Adjective

clear, cloudless

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Examples of overcast in a Sentence


an impenetrable fog overcast our view of the harbor


It was an overcast morning. They worked in overcast conditions.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Schools were closed, roads were empty, surfing spots were busy and that favorite table at your neighborhood restaurant was probably available on an overcast Labor Day. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "A day of questioning Hurricane Dorian: It’s going to turn, right?," 2 Sep. 2019 On a cool, overcast day in May, spearfisherman Greg Fonts floats facedown on the surface of the Pacific Ocean 300 yards off the coast of Fort Bragg, rocking in the swell in a thick wetsuit. Nick Rahaim, SFChronicle.com, "Without abalone, spearfishing hooks North Coast anglers," 17 June 2019 Since settling into her new home, Big Mama has seen friends come and go, met the mayor, heard fights in neighboring units, endured false fire alarms and watched the rain fall from overcast skies. Thomas Curwenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "They moved from homeless camp to brand-new apartment. Now comes the hard part," 22 Aug. 2019 The overcast sky accompanied by a light drizzle on Florida Atlantic on Friday morning cleared up about midway through the football team’s first practice of fall camp. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "FAU’s Lane Kiffin says last season in the past as camp opens with QB Chris Robison’s return," 2 Aug. 2019 Weather at the airport, several miles from the crash site, was reported just before 2 p.m. as 13-knot wind, 10-mile visibility, scattered clouds at 900 feet, broken at 1,400 feet and overcast at 3,500 feet. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Pilot in fatal Ketchikan crash told relatives the weather forecast ’wasn’t looking good,' report says," 9 Aug. 2019 The worship scenes are memorable: Lemuel’s church, a barn-like structure marked by a neon cross, seems like a rare gathering place in the isolated, overcast Appalachian setting. Marella Gayla, BostonGlobe.com, "In ‘Them That Follow,’ there will be blood," 7 Aug. 2019 Stephanie Ward was one of several Star Creek neighbors who strolled or bicycled by, or sought to avoid the reporters and TV cameras on their morning walk on a cool and overcast Sunday. John C Moritz, USA TODAY, "Quiet Texas neighborhood stunned by connection to El Paso shooting suspect," 4 Aug. 2019 This film is utterly absorbing, pulling viewers into a world that seems permanently overcast — as gray and discolored as a busted lip. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Reviews: Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista in ‘Escape Plan: The Extractors’; and more," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1536, in the meaning defined above


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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English Language Learners Definition of overcast

: covered with clouds : darkened by clouds


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

Kids Definition of overcast

: covered with or darkened by clouds

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to spread over or through

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