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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Yuniku machines, which resemble an automated airport-security screener, create a virtual model of a customer’s head and can then superimpose thousands of frame styles and colors, personalized for size and position. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "Design Your Frames: 3-D Printing Comes to Eyewear," 11 Nov. 2018 There are also questions about whether some members of the family have been superimposed into the image. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Kardashian Christmas Card Features Several Major Photoshop Fails," 27 Dec. 2018 Anyone who follows Kylie on Instagram will be granted access to the special filter that includes Candy K, Dolce, Posie K, Say No More, Shady, Boy Bye, and Glitz lip shades superimposed onto your face.. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner Has Her Own Instagram Filter and It’s Totally Fire," 1 Aug. 2018 Artistic impression of the Mars Express spacecraft probing the southern hemisphere of Mars,superimposed to a color mosaic of a portion of Planum Australe. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Underground Lake of Liquid Water Detected on Mars," 25 July 2018 The modified Stark words are superimposed on a photo of Trump looking posing like an action hero. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The strange Trump Game of Thrones tweet about Iran sanctions, as explained by political science (seriously).," 2 Nov. 2018 In fact, two crosses—the beams and the gables—are superimposed but offset. Shonquis Moreno, Curbed, "‘If you take out the art, the building itself can’t stand’," 6 Aug. 2018 For this one-off guest appearance, his performance included superimposed references to police chalked outlines of murder scenes, to the possibility that there are saving angels walking among us. Vogue, "The 11 Menswear Moments That Mattered From the Spring 2019 Season," 26 June 2018 Artistic impression of the Mars Express spacecraft probing the southern hemisphere of Mars, superimposed on a radar cross section of the southern polar layered deposits. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Underground Lake of Liquid Water Detected on Mars," 25 July 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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