superimpose

verb
su·​per·​im·​pose | \ ˌsü-pər-im-ˈpōz How to pronounce superimpose (audio) \
superimposed; superimposing; superimposes

Definition of superimpose

transitive verb

: to place or lay over or above something superimposed images

Other Words from superimpose

superimposition \ ˌsü-​pər-​ˌim-​pə-​ˈzi-​shən How to pronounce superimpose (audio) \ noun

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Superimposition was one of the magical effects employed by early filmmakers. Using "mirror shots", with semitransparent mirrors set at 45° angles to the scene, they would superimpose shadowy images of ghosts or scenes from a character's past onto scenes from the present. Superimposing your own ideas on something, such as a historical event, has to be done carefully, since your ideas may change whenever you learn something new about the event.

Examples of superimpose in a Sentence

A triangle superimposed on an inverted triangle forms a six-pointed star.
Recent Examples on the Web The special effects that superimpose the three protagonists on one screen are fussy, literal, and the overhead geometrics are embarrassed and noncommittal. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 25 Feb. 2022 To reach it, people would need to wear VR headsets or augmented reality glasses that superimpose the digital realm onto the physical world. Fortune, 13 Dec. 2021 To reach it, people would need to wear VR headsets or augmented reality glasses that superimpose the digital realm onto the physical world. Fortune, 13 Dec. 2021 To reach it, people would need to wear VR headsets or augmented reality glasses that superimpose the digital realm onto the physical world. Fortune, 13 Dec. 2021 To reach it, people would need to wear VR headsets or augmented reality glasses that superimpose the digital realm onto the physical world. Fortune, 13 Dec. 2021 Smith and McCormick created the Blendo style to superimpose surrounding styles into one building. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Jan. 2022 To reach it, people would need to wear VR headsets or augmented reality glasses that superimpose the digital realm onto the physical world. Fortune, 13 Dec. 2021 To reach it, people would need to wear VR headsets or augmented reality glasses that superimpose the digital realm onto the physical world. Fortune, 13 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of superimpose

1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Superimpose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/superimpose. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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