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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Synonyms & Antonyms for overcast

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

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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: Adjective Temperatures start the day in the mild mid-60s but are held back by the overcast skies and rain, only reaching highs in the upper 60s to low 70s. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: A dousing from Delta later today and tonight, with a brighter midweek on the way," 11 Oct. 2020 Guests in masks waited outside the venue in the overcast autumnal weather, and — like during other Paris Fashion Week presentations — were greeted with sanitizer gel and extra masks. Thomas Adamson, Star Tribune, "Giambattista Valli presentation in Paris channels 1960s," 5 Oct. 2020 But this wasn’t enough to explain the behavior of many species, some of which could still find their way even when the sky was overcast. Jo Marchant, Wired, "The Oysters That Knew What Time It Was," 1 Sep. 2020 On an overcast Saturday evening in the Rose Garden, President Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee for the Supreme Court. Washington Post, "Notorious ACB? No and no. Trump’s nominee is no RBG.," 26 Sep. 2020 On Wednesday, New Jersey residents described a yellow tinge to the overcast skies, and weather forecasters were kept busy explaining the phenomenon and making predictions as to how long the conditions would last. Susan Montoya Bryan, Anchorage Daily News, "Western wildfire smoke causes East Coast haze and reaches northern Europe," 17 Sep. 2020 On Wednesday, New Jersey residents described a yellow tinge to the overcast skies, and weather forecasters were kept busy explaining the phenomenon and making predictions as to how long the conditions would last. Arkansas Online, "Western wildfire smoke causes East Coast haze, vivid sunsets," 17 Sep. 2020 Lows fall back to the upper 50s and low 60s under overcast skies. Dan Stillman, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Lovely today with a little haze; some showers late tomorrow into early Friday," 16 Sep. 2020 The series has a strong point of view ad setting in a steampunk, overcast Portland, Oregon. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The 7 new TV shows you should watch this fall (and yes, there are still new shows, even during COVID)," 15 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 23 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for overcast

overcast

adjective
How to pronounce overcast (audio)

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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