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

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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 Witnessed from nearby Port Canaveral, a large cloud of dirty white smoke could be seen billowing up into an overcast sky at 3:08 p.m. EST. William Harwood, CBS News, "In major milestone, SpaceX test fires Crew Dragon abort engines," 13 Nov. 2019 Fans gasped as Wells launched another spiral into the overcast sky. Jordan Heller, cleveland, "If Collinwood closes, will kids be in danger? Parents, students fear gang violence, neighborhood decline," 3 Nov. 2019 The peak of what's known as the Orionid meteor shower is supposed to be roughly from 4 to 6 a.m. Tuesday, just when most of the state will be socked in by overcast skies. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chances of seeing Halley's Comet fireballs slim on Tuesday in Wisconsin; better odds on Wednesday and Thursday," 21 Oct. 2019 To watch his spring collection unspool in the glass box constructed near Les Invalides under an overcast sky was an exceptional joy. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "Fashion commits many sins. It’s trying to redeem itself.," 2 Oct. 2019 Fun fact: Denver hasn't had a fully cloudy day since June! Noon observations at KDEN show zero days of overcast skies since late June. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Tuesday was Denver’s first fully cloudy day since late May," 2 Oct. 2019 Look for a slight chance of showers and a mix of sunshine and overcast skies. oregonlive, "Portland weather: A wet Saturday on tap," 28 Sep. 2019 This cool marine flow keeps overcast skies in place much of the day, but there’s only a slight chance for a light shower. David Streit, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Unseasonably hot today but cooler relief Friday before a warmer weekend," 12 Sep. 2019 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 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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“Overcast.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcasts. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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How to pronounce overcast (audio)

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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