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


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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sky conditions oscillate between partly cloudy to perhaps overcast at times. Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2021 Confidence: Medium Sunday: Mostly cloudy to overcast at times. Washington Post, 23 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Tonight: Mainly overcast skies may still bring us some showers and even a thunderstorm, especially in the evening. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 The first half of the day on the first Saturday in May was mostly dry and overcast. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 6 May 2022 An old picture shows the couple smiling and embracing on an overcast Easthampton beach. Chris Wiley, The New Yorker, 4 May 2022 But the forecast suggests the remainder of the week could be overcast with high temperatures into the 60s through at least Friday – including mostly sunny skies and 72 degrees Wednesday. oregonlive, 30 Apr. 2022 Rows of boats set a backdrop on the gloomy and overcast Friday afternoon as club members eagerly awaited the ceremony at Belle Isle. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 23 Apr. 2022 Generously sized windows ensure a flood of daylight, even on a partially overcast day. James Alexander, Hartford Courant, 12 Apr. 2022 While playing the Fazio Foothills course at Barton Creek Spa and Resort, Mueller was consistently attacking the stick on a windy, overcast day in the Texas state capital. Tim Schmitt, The Arizona Republic, 20 Apr. 2022 The team worked out in shorts and helmets for nearly two hours at the Jaguar Training Center on a rainy, overcast day in Mobile. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 18 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Depending on when the images are taken, shades of green change throughout the day and with the island’s constant climate shifts, from sun to overcast to rain. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, 26 Apr. 2022 Of course, to see the overcast of Monday afternoon as symbolic of the coloration of April thus far might mean overlooking the details and the nuances. Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2022 Even on a relatively tolerable 55 degree day, the hours of overcast seemed to suggest gloom amid Washington’s granite. Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2021 Fog would be rolling in, the afternoon’s brilliant sky replaced by a chill gray overcast…. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2022 Deon predicted a cloudy overcast throughout the day, with the chance for heavy downpours, and even thunderstorms, likely in the late afternoon and evening. Matt Bruce, ajc, 8 Jan. 2022 What counted was in part how the morning’s overcast threatened to leave us a bit downcast for the remainder of the day. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2021 In the morning, according to witnesses and photographic evidence, the sun rising over Washington converted the cloudy overcast into a brilliant tapestry of flaming reds and rich purples. Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2021 Little promise seemed apparent as Friday began, rainy and wet, with hours of gray overcast. Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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“Overcast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcast. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for overcast


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

Kids Definition of overcast

: covered with or darkened by clouds

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