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overlay

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verb over·lay \ ˌō-vər-ˈlā \

Definition of overlay

overlaid play \ˌō-vər-ˈlād\; overlaying
transitive verb
1 a :to lay or spread over or across :superimpose
b :to prepare an overlay for
2 :overlie 2

Examples of overlay in a Sentence

  1. you should apply a coat of primer first, and then overlay it with two coats of paint

  2. cedar shingles overlaying one another on the roof

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First Known Use of overlay

14th century

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noun over·lay \ ˈō-vər-ˌlā \

Definition of overlay

:a covering either permanent or temporary: such as
a :an ornamental veneer
b :a decorative and contrasting design or article placed on top of a plain one
c :a transparent sheet containing graphic matter to be superimposed on another sheet

Examples of overlay in a Sentence

  1. a silver ring with gold overlay

  2. The wooden table has a marble overlay.

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First Known Use of overlay

15th century


OVERLAY Defined for English Language Learners

overlay

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Definition of overlay for English Language Learners

  • : to cover (something) with a layer of another material


overlay

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Definition of overlay for English Language Learners

  • : material that covers the complete surface or part of the surface of something and that changes its appearance

  • : a transparent sheet with information or pictures on it that is placed on top of another sheet to change what is being shown


OVERLAY Defined for Kids

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overlay

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verb over·lay \ ˌō-vər-ˈlā \

Definition of overlay for Students

overlaid \-ˈlād\; overlaying
:to lay or spread over or across
  • The table top is overlaid with ceramic tiles.

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overlay

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noun over·lay \ ˈō-vər-ˌlā \

Definition of overlay for Students

:a usually thin covering that is laid over or across something The silver ring has gold overlay.


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