overlay

verb
over·​lay | \ ˌō-vər-ˈlā How to pronounce overlay (audio) \
overlaid\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈlād How to pronounce overlaid (audio) \; overlaying

Definition of overlay

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to lay or spread over or across : superimpose
b : to prepare an overlay for

overlay

noun
over·​lay | \ ˈō-vər-ˌlā How to pronounce overlay (audio) \

Definition of overlay (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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Synonyms for overlay

Synonyms: Verb

blanket, carpet, coat, cover, overlie, overspread, sheet

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Examples of overlay in a Sentence

Verb

you should apply a coat of primer first, and then overlay it with two coats of paint cedar shingles overlaying one another on the roof

Noun

a silver ring with gold overlay The wooden table has a marble overlay.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hacker News is the inverse image of many people’s jobs, overlaid on top of each other—an escape valve for frustrated idealists. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "The Lonely Work of Moderating Hacker News," 8 Aug. 2019 Maersk Tankers, for example, uses CargoMetrics to overlay weather and performance data so that the company can reposition its tankers to respond to incidents, like the recent tanker explosions in the Persian Gulf. John Konrad, BostonGlobe.com, "The next global tech disruption will happen where few expect it," 28 June 2019 County officials also overlaid aerial searches onto a satellite map. Audrey Mcavoy, Twin Cities, "Tech makes it easier to search wilderness for missing people," 24 June 2019 Companies are using HoloLens to overlay instructions and other visuals that can guide workers through machine repairs, among other tasks. Jay Greene, WSJ, "Microsoft’s Hype Strategy for HoloLens Is to Avoid It," 24 Feb. 2019 Facebook’s video technology has the capabilities of overlaying the recording with filters that distort or change the video’s subject. Abby Vesoulis, Time, "Canadian Police Accidentally Livestream Double Homicide Press Conference Using Facebook's Cat Filter," 21 July 2019 This process includes milling off an approximate 2-inch layer of old asphalt, repairing the base as needed, spraying tack coat and overlaying 2 inches of new asphalt surface pavement. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Northpark Drive overlay project delayed as potential Hurricane Barry heads toward Gulf of Mexico," 10 July 2019 Opting for a trim theme overlays the base materials with more luxurious leathers, carbon-fiber trim and microsuede. Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Maserati Ghibli S Q4: from savior to the sidelines," 7 July 2019 County officials also overlaid aerial searches onto a satellite map. Audrey Mcavoy, The Denver Post, "GPS, special maps and the wild: Tech helps searchers zero in on missing people," 30 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Upload a picture of yourself from your camera roll (or take a selfie) and position your face within the overlay so that the app can read the nuances of your face. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Thanks to FaceApp, These Celebrities Aged Overnight," 17 July 2019 According to Martin’s office, an overlay at this intersection has not been completed since Martin has been in office. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Northpark Drive overlay project delayed as potential Hurricane Barry heads toward Gulf of Mexico," 10 July 2019 Niki tells us that at Vanity Projects, the artisanal watercolor artwork is drawn free-hand using a fine-line striping brush, but a similar look can also achieved with a foil wrap overlay. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "This Dreamy Floral Nail Art Is Blowing Up In NYC This Summer," 24 June 2019 This project, estimated at $2.3 million, includes storm sewer improvements, repairs and mill and overlay. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "Tired of being stuck in JoCo traffic? Here's what's up with road work this summer," 31 May 2018 The Baltimore City Council may soon establish an overlay district in Fells Point that would specify building height restrictions in certain areas and regulate properties that fall within the boundaries. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore City Council bill would create new overlay district with building height restrictions in Fells Point," 10 July 2019 The Jamboree has had holiday overlays and even abbreviated its songs. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney World: Revisiting the Tiki Room birds, Country Bears," 9 July 2019 The decision — approved in 2018 — adds an overlay that will offer additional phone number options. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "Hold the phone. New 341 area code introduced in East Bay," 21 June 2019 Following the massive success of their 2018 collection, which Playful Promises founder Emma Parker says sold out in 48 hours, the companies created a batch of new offerings that include cutouts, lace overlays, and lace bodysuits. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Playful Promises and Gabi Fresh Created Another Size-Inclusive Lingerie Line," 18 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of overlay

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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overlay

verb

English Language Learners Definition of overlay

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

overlay

noun

English Language Learners Definition of overlay (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

verb
over·​lay | \ ˌō-vər-ˈlā How to pronounce overlay (audio) \
overlaid\ -​ˈlād \; overlaying

Kids Definition of overlay

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to lay or spread over or across The table top is overlaid with ceramic tiles.

overlay

noun
over·​lay | \ ˈō-vər-ˌlā How to pronounce overlay (audio) \

Kids Definition of overlay (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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