transitive verb

: to lay (as bricks or stones) so that one projects beyond another upon which it rests
also : to cover by a roof or arch of such construction

intransitive verb

: to project or jut out beyond the base

Word History


over entry 1 + obsolete English sail to project, sally, from Middle French saillir to sally, leap, dance

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“Oversail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversail. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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