overcast; overcasting

Definition of overcast

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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: Verb Confidence: Medium Sunday: Mostly cloudy to overcast at times. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Quite warm for two more days. Saturday cold front brings Sunday chill.," 23 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Mullen said people do not need a telescope to see the lights, and it is not expected to be overcast during the peak time. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "Clevelanders have chance to see Northern Lights on Thursday. Where is the best viewing spot?," 9 Dec. 2020 For much of that time, Friday was overcast, with banks and billows and layers of clouds spread over the summer sky. Washington Post, "A day before Labor Day weekend, Friday showed the heat of a summer’s day," 5 Sep. 2020 Shoveling snow, icy sidewalks, heavy clothing and overcast skies are common gripes. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, "Fight winter blues by changing your mindset," 17 Nov. 2020 When the 81-man field hit the course for the first round on Friday, the group was greeted by overcast skies, no wind and a great golf course. The Arizona Republic, "Paul Goydos, Brandt Jobe lead Charles Schwab Cup Championship," 7 Nov. 2020 Gloriously golden fall mornings and afternoons usually give way to gloomy stretches of overcast skies and days of drizzling rain. Aparita Bhandari, refinery29.com, "10 Must-See Movies & TV Coming To Netflix Canada This November," 26 Oct. 2020 The first Saturday in December 2016 was unseasonably warm, and in the overcast sky loomed the threat of heavy rain. Matt Koesters, The Enquirer, "Dark Charge Day is THE event for stout beer lovers in Cincy," 29 Oct. 2020 The day will start with an overcast sky and some showers around. Dallas News, "Pleasant Sunday followed by a big drop in temperatures and rain Monday," 25 Oct. 2020 Portland area residents started their Sunday morning under a layer of fog, in what has become a pattern in recent days of overcast mornings that clear up as the day progresses. oregonlive, "Portland metro Sunday weather: morning fog, partly sunny afternoon," 4 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sea conditions are good and the weather overcast, but no rain today so far, so good news. Los Angeles Times, "‘We called it Voyage of the Damned’: Days of despair on the Grand Princess," 23 Dec. 2020 But, by the quantitative record kept by the National Weather Service, thus far this month, Saturday was our day of maximum overcast. Washington Post, "Gray day remains T-shirt weather in Washington," 11 Oct. 2020 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


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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcast. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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