over·​spread | \ ˌō-vər-ˈspred How to pronounce overspread (audio) \
overspread; overspreading

Definition of overspread

transitive verb

: to spread over or above

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overspread \ ˈō-​vər-​ˌspred How to pronounce overspread (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for overspread


blanket, carpet, coat, cover, overlay, overlie, sheet

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Examples of overspread in a Sentence

the butter should evenly overspread the baking pan autumn leaves overspreading one another on the lawn to form a colorful mosaic

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However, a band of showers and thunderstorms working across the D.C. metro area this morning (along a warm front) has overspread thick cloud, and these early storms will consume some of that CAPE. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "Severe thunderstorm watch: Storms approaching D.C.’s southern suburbs," 10 May 2018 Showers will overspread the region Wednesday evening and a thunderstorm or two is possible. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Sunshine Gives Way To Shower, Thunderstorms Wednesday Night," 26 June 2018 Freezing rain or plain rain (from the District to the south and east) will overspread the entire region over the next hour or two. Dan Stillman, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Icy rain ends by this evening; refreeze likely tonight," 7 Feb. 2018 But now, coasting through an enchanted landscape, under overspreading branches draped with Spanish moss, their reverie turned otherworldly. Jenna Russell, BostonGlobe.com, "There is magic in those Jekyll Island oaks," 21 June 2018 Confidence: Medium-High Tomorrow night: Cloudy skies with light mixed precipitation possibly overspreading the region toward morning. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: A chilly first full week of February, small chance of wintry mix early Wednesday," 5 Feb. 2018 Forecasters at the National Weather Service said a chilly rain will overspread the region in the afternoon. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "A chilly rain will move into Greater Boston Tuesday," 3 Apr. 2018 In such a scenario, light rain or snow would overspread the area Sunday afternoon and continue, at times, into Monday morning. Wes Junker And Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "The chance of a major winter storm in Washington on Sunday and Monday has markedly decreased," 8 Mar. 2018 The fourth nor’easter in less than three weeks gets underway with light snow overspreading the region Wednesday morning. Gary Lessor, courant.com, "Here We Go Again: Another Nor'easter Wednesday," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of overspread

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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