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

transitive verb

: to place or lay over or above something
superimposed images
superimposition 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 To publicize the April 30 event, unions circulated flyers with a photo of Vargas superimposed in front of the board’s two Republicans, Joel Anderson and Jim Desmond. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 May 2024 The paragliding figures in the image match Apple's parachute emoji, suggesting they were superimposed onto the original image. Brieanna J. Frank, USA TODAY, 3 May 2024 So says a legend that flashes on the screen during Janet E. Dandridge’s video in which a woman, superimposed doubly to represent multitudes, cares for an infant. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2024 In 1916, the Warren Clock Co. began producing the Type A master station clock, which is actually two clocks superimposed on a single clock face. IEEE Spectrum, 29 Feb. 2024 In the scrapbook dedicated to his memory, a pair of angel wings is superimposed over the photo of Tyler kneeling in prayer outside the Parachute Center. Michael McGough, Sacramento Bee, 14 Dec. 2023 In a purposefully photoshopped ad for her mocktail brand Betty Buzz, an image of Lively was superimposed over a pool background with her hands enlarged and a lemon floating in the air. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 16 Mar. 2024 Trending on Billboard Fallon then held up the album’s moody cover, which features a silhouette of Zayn’s face superimposed with an image of a space below a set of stairs in a home, and announced that the single is out on Friday (March 15), with the LP following on May 17. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 14 Mar. 2024 Social-media posts showed visitors to Moscow’s Red Square and Russian embassies in London and D.C. superimposing a hollow replica of Vladimir Putin’s portrait—dripping with blood donated by Molodkin’s Ukrainian friends—on their surroundings. Nadia Beard, The New Yorker, 9 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of superimpose was in 1611

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“Superimpose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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su·​per·​im·​pose ˌsü-pə-rim-ˈpōz How to pronounce superimpose (audio)
: to place or lay over or above something
superimposition noun

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