over·​lie | \ ˌō-vər-ˈlī How to pronounce overlie (audio) \
overlay\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈlā How to pronounce overlay (audio) \; overlain\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈlān How to pronounce overlain (audio) \; overlying\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈlī-​iŋ How to pronounce overlying (audio) \

Definition of overlie

transitive verb

1 : to lie over or upon
2 : to cause the death of by lying upon

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Examples of overlie in a Sentence

the puzzle pieces overlay one another in complete disarray on the floor there will be freezing rain tonight, so we can expect to find a thick layer of ice overlying the car windshield in the morning
Recent Examples on the Web Researchers will also be able to download the map and overlay their data, according to Gizmodo. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Gorgeous New Map of the Moon Is Most Detailed to Date," 27 Apr. 2020 This melts the overlying ice, creating a dark band of open water running around the equator. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Climate models go out of this world," 2 Mar. 2020 So contact is obviously a very important issue, but there may be this overlying effect of the environment, like the climate of a place, that acts as an upper boundary as to how much virus activity there can be. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Will the coronavirus outbreak die off in summer? An expert weighs in," 18 Mar. 2020 In these chronic cases, clinicians typically find significant atrophy of the two major muscles that are supplied by the nerve overlying the scapula, and when these muscles atrophy, the bony spine of the scapula becomes very prominent. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: The rundown on equine shoulder Sweeney," 7 Mar. 2020 One painting had two overlying nests plus an underlying nest, allowing the researchers to reliably bracket the age of the Gwions for the first time: 12,000 years ago, give or take 500 years. Elizabeth Finkel, Science | AAAS, "Mysterious Australian rock art may depict the chaos following rising seas," 5 Feb. 2020 There’s the overlying fear that every coach has that their players, too, will enter that portal. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "Behind the scenes: Three days with the SMU women’s basketball team, and how it prepared to win an unwinnable game," 7 Jan. 2020 This can be physical demanding labor because a lot of overlying rock often has to be removed before the bone layer is exposed. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "How to Discover Dinosaurs," 3 Sep. 2019 Other paintings overlay a cranium and its contents, whether bone, flesh or inner light. Washington Post, "In the galleries: The heady works of Soriano at OAS Art Museum of the Americas," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of overlie

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 May 2020

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“Overlie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overlie. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of overlie

formal : to lie over or on (something)
over·​lie | \ ˌō-vər-ˈlī How to pronounce overlie (audio) \
overlay\ -​ˈlā How to pronounce overlay (audio) \; overlain\ -​ˈlān How to pronounce overlain (audio) \; overlying\ -​ˈlī-​iŋ How to pronounce overlying (audio) \

Medical Definition of overlie

: to cause the death of by lying upon

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