su·per·im·pose | \ˌsü-pər-im-ˈpōz \
superimposed; superimposing; superimposes

Definition of superimpose 

transitive verb

: to place or lay over or above something superimposed images

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Other Words from superimpose

superimposable \ˌsü-pər-im-ˈpō-zə-bəl \ adjective
superimposition \ˌsü-pər-ˌim-pə-ˈzi-shən \ 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.

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My wife just watched superimposed onto the image, as well as another photo of Crews with a rose in his mouth, with the words Gym time inexplicably in the top right corner. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Terry Crews and the Discomfort of Masculine Anxiety," 29 June 2018 The quality of this amateur face-swapping varies enormously; getting good results takes some fiddling, a powerful PC and a large selection of images of the face being superimposed. The Economist, "What if AI made actors immortal?," 5 July 2018 One pass from a B-2 carrying a full load could cripple a facility the size of Whiteman AFB; personnel here even have a creepy slide showing the bomb pattern that could destroy the base, superimposed over a satellite image. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "B-52 Bombers Could Quadruple Their Wing Bomb Loads," 25 June 2018 BuzzFeed reported that a new meme has surfaced in which people superimpose homophobic statements that Millie did not say on a photo of her. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Millie Bobby Brown's Photos Have Been Made Into an Anti-Gay Meme," 14 June 2018 The Revenge Body host first introduced her little one to the world on May 12 in a video of True looking up at the camera with a flower superimposed over her right cheek. Dave Quinn,, "'Bless You!' Khloé Kardashian Catches Ballerina Baby True in an Adorable Sneeze," 5 June 2018 Hasty, but purposeful The 13 lines etched in the chalky outer layer of the flake look messy and haphazard at first glance; some are straight, some are slightly curved, and many of them overlap or are superimposed over others. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Neanderthals etched a message on this 36,000-year-old stone tool," 3 May 2018 The post raised the ontological questions at the heart of the deepfake debate: Does a naked image of Person A become a naked image of Person B if Person B’s face is superimposed in a seamless and untraceable way? Kevin Roose, New York Times, "Here Come the Fake Videos, Too," 4 Mar. 2018 In a tweet late Friday, Nehlen shared an image of the royal couple in which a scientific reconstruction of Cheddar Man's face is superimposed over the features of the actress Meghan Markle standing beside her fiancé, the prince. Jason Stein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Paul Ryan's GOP challenger Paul Nehlen draws international criticism for tweet about Prince Harry's fiancée," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of superimpose

1611, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of superimpose

: to place or lay (something) over something else

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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