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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web From there, moderate to heavy rain will overspread parts of Southeast Texas along the coastline, particularly from Houston-Galveston to Matagorda Bay. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, 29 June 2022 Rain will overspread the regions late Sunday afternoon and continue overnight. Dave Epstein, BostonGlobe.com, 10 June 2022 Moderate to heavy snows, with snowfall exceeding an inch or two per hour, had overspread areas in eastern Connecticut, Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts, south of the Massachusetts Turnpike. Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2022 Snow would overspread the region Sunday afternoon but the rain-snow line would quickly shift north and west to the city by early Sunday night. Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2022 Plants and animals are all responding to the loss of light and the noticeable splash of color will continue to overspread the region in the next several weeks. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Sep. 2021 Rain will overspread the region Sunday night and continue into Monday morning before tapering off. courant.com, 7 May 2021 Snow will then overspread the region, including Greater Cincinnati. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, 20 Apr. 2021 In the upper atmosphere, even stronger winds will overspread as a disturbance in the jet stream passes to our north. Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of overspread

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jul 2022

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“Overspread.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overspread. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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