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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Other Words from overspread

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

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 High pressure will bring mostly sunny skies across Connecticut Saturday morning, but clouds from a storm system to the southwest will start to overspread the region during the afternoon. courant.com, "Sunny start on Saturday but afternoon clouds will arrive," 22 Nov. 2019 An early-arriving winter continues to wallop southern Wisconsin, with Milwaukee on Monday setting its third daily snowfall record in the past 12 days as the coldest air of the season was set to overspread the region. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee sets third daily snowfall record in past two weeks as early winter continues to grip Wisconsin; record low temperatures possible," 11 Nov. 2019 There won’t be any sun as clouds dominate, and an area of rain will overspread the region, soaking anyone who plans to be outside. BostonGlobe.com, "Those of you headed to the Patriots game should wear as much waterproof clothing as possible to stay dry. Winds will be gusty, but sometimes the protection of the stadium seating doesn’t translate to as much wind down on the field.," 28 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of overspread

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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28 Nov 2019

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“Overspread.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overspreading. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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