overcast; overcasting

Definition of overcast 

(Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 \ˌō-vər-ˈkast, ˈō-vər-ˌkast \ : darken, overshadow

2 \ˈō-vər-ˌkast \ : to sew (raw edges of a seam) with long slanting widely spaced stitches to prevent raveling


over·cast | \ˈō-vər-ˌkast, ˌō-vər-ˈkast\

Definition of overcast (Entry 2 of 3)

: clouded over an overcast day


over·cast | \ˈō-vər-ˌkast \

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, 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

Not surprisingly, the day was dreary with a heavy overcast and was accompanied by brisk north winds and some passing sprinkles. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Tom: Can you pinpoint year of cold Fourth of July?," 4 July 2018 Temperatures on the first few days were in the mid-70s to low 80s, most likely because of persistently overcast skies. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "PM Update: Heat advisory issued for Sunday as high temperatures approach the triple digits.," 30 June 2018 Sophomore midfielder Brady Ferriter provided one of the only bright spots for the Rams in a gloomy, mucky game only matched by the showers and overcast above the field. Chris Jeter, The Aegis, "Patterson Mill boys roll to state lacrosse final with 17-4 victory," 20 May 2018 The 56-year-old former Willingboro High School star spent a cool, overcast Friday at the Penn Relays walking around the infield, talking shop with the Cougars’ sprinters and long jumpers. Phil Anastasia, Philly.com, "Masters sprinter Willie Gault still going strong at Penn Relays," 27 Apr. 2018 The day began overcast and snowing, but after a blizzard had struck earlier, conditions seemed ideal for a day on the slopes, Turner recalls. Caitlin Keating, PEOPLE.com, "Strangers Dig Man Out of Snow with Their Bare Hands After Avalanche Hits California Ski Resort," 5 Mar. 2018 Their seafaring, tropical adventures (which will come into play during the last five episodes) were actually filmed in Cape Town, South Africa — used to overcast Scotland, cast members were reportedly happy to deal with sunburn for a change. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Everything We Know About "Outlander" Season 3," 28 Aug. 2017 The Sacramento region got a break from the heat Friday, as overcast skies held down temperatures and a few sprinkles fell around town before sunrise. Anna Buchmann, sacbee, "Here’s why it was cloudy with morning sprinkles in Sacramento. How long will it last?," 13 July 2018 By this time, the temperature will have moved into the 70s, and overcast conditions throughout the afternoon will keep things warm and muggy. Greg Larose, NOLA.com, "Bacchus Sunday weather: See the forecast, parade by parade through the day," 11 Feb. 2018

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 \

Kids Definition of overcast

: covered with or darkened by clouds

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a state of commotion or excitement

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