Definition of overline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to draw a line or lines over or above



Definition of overline (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a printed line usually underlined and of a smaller size or different typeface than the headline proper run above a headline and designed to introduce or identify the matter of the story or provoke to read on
2 : the title or explanatory matter above a picture or cartoon in a newspaper or periodical
3 : an insertion, correction, or alteration made above the printed or manuscript line it applies to distinquished from underline

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Transitive verb

over entry 1 + line


over entry 3 + line

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“Overline.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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