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overcast

verb over·cast
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

Definition of overcast

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

Examples of overcast in a Sentence

  1. an impenetrable fog overcast our view of the harbor

First Known Use of overcast

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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overcast

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

Definition of overcast

: clouded over
  • an overcast day

Examples of overcast in a Sentence

  1. It was an overcast morning.

  2. They worked in overcast conditions.

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First Known Use of overcast

1536

in the meaning defined above

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overcast

noun over·cast \ ˈō-vər-ˌkast \

Definition of overcast

: covering; especially : a covering of clouds over the sky

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First Known Use of overcast

1637

in the meaning defined above

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OVERCAST Defined for English Language Learners

overcast

Definition of overcast for English Language Learners

  • : covered with clouds : darkened by clouds


OVERCAST Defined for Kids

overcast

adjective over·cast \ ˈō-vər-ˌkast \

Definition of overcast for Students

: covered with or darkened by clouds


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