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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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 The seemingly polychromatic image is actually black-and-white, overlaid with a thin multicolored grid. Stephen Macknik, Scientific American, "Chasing Rainbows," 12 Nov. 2019 Their battle garb, chain-mail overlaid with plates of armor, is remarkably similar, but while Chalamet wears his reluctantly, the weight of war visible in his carriage, Hiddleston sports it like a fairy-tale prince, ready to slay a dragon. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Timothée Chalamet or Tom Hiddleston? Here’s which Henry V is the true king of our hearts (opinion)," 4 Nov. 2019 These qualities are the result of a process of experiences overlaid with self-reflection and propped up by kindness and personal support. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Alcohol-fueled abuse leaves lasting mark," 11 Oct. 2019 These qualities are the result of a process of experiences overlaid with self-reflection and propped up by kindness and personal support. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Alcohol-fueled abuse leaves lasting mark," 11 Oct. 2019 These qualities are the result of a process of experiences overlaid with self-reflection and propped up by kindness and personal support. Ask Amy, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Wife’s alcohol-fueled verbal tirades repeat in a vicious cycle," 11 Oct. 2019 These qualities are the result of a process of experiences overlaid with self-reflection and propped up by kindness and personal support. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Alcohol-fueled abuse leaves lasting mark," 11 Oct. 2019 These qualities are the result of a process of experiences overlaid with self-reflection and propped up by kindness and personal support. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Alcohol-fueled abuse leaves lasting mark," 11 Oct. 2019 Six of the seven species have hard shells fused to their ribs and overlaid with keratin scutes. National Geographic, "Sea survivors," 10 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An interesting, overlay is the U.S. Grant ‘s ownership, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation – one of four indigenous Native American area tribes, whose roots in what became San Diego county go back at least 10,000 years. Christopher Smith, Orange County Register, "Getting grand at San Diego’s U.S. Grant," 31 Oct. 2019 Over the course of the 20th century scholars have scraped away the Victorian overlay and restored the radically original poet underneath. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, "A Very Modern Emily Dickinson (Twerking Included)," 30 Oct. 2019 The new Achievements overlay replaces the Xbox Console Companion app somewhat, so that any achievements will pop up on Game Bar instead. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10's Game Bar adds a FPS frame rate counter for your games," 22 Oct. 2019 Full overlay is common on frameless construction, where cabinets are set on legs which are covered in baseboard. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How to Choose the Best Cabinet Doors for Your Kitchen," 16 Sep. 2019 An overlay zoning would retain the U2 zoning, but also allow the developers’ desired mixed-use zoning. cleveland.com, "Pepper Pike Planning Commission opens talks on Beech Brook rezoning," 14 Aug. 2019 An overlay project planned at the intersection of Woodland Hills and Northpark drives has been delayed until July 17 as the Gulf Coast region prepares for heavy rains, according to Houston City Council Member Dave Martin’s office. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Northpark Drive overlay project delayed as potential Hurricane Barry heads toward Gulf of Mexico," 10 July 2019 The game popularized the digital overlay technique of AR, in which real-time wayfaring could be converged with digital play. Larissa Hjorth, Quartz, "Social workers in Spain are prescribing Pokémon Go to fight loneliness," 8 July 2019 Other Pig Latin favorites of mine include beast/East Bay, devil/evil day, lover/overlay and true/outré. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "A chorus of music legends sport striking nicknames," 14 Sep. 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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17 Nov 2019

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The first known use of overlay was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for overlay

overlay

verb
How to pronounce overlay (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of overlay

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

overlay

noun
How to pronounce overlay (audio)

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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