superpose

verb
su·​per·​pose | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈpōz How to pronounce superpose (audio) \
superposed; superposing

Definition of superpose

transitive verb

1 : to place or lay over or above whether in or not in contact : superimpose
2 : to lay (something, such as a geometric figure) upon another so as to make all like parts coincide

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Other Words from superpose

superposable \ ˌsü-​pər-​ˈpō-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce superposable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of superpose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The atom’s superposed states no longer interfere coherently with one another because they are now entangled with other states in the surrounding environment—including, perhaps, some large measuring instrument. Philip Ball, WIRED, "Quantum Darwinism Could Explain What Makes Reality Real," 28 July 2019 The atom’s superposed states no longer interfere coherently with one another because they are now entangled with other states in the surrounding environment — including, perhaps, some large measuring instrument. Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Darwinism, an Idea to Explain Objective Reality, Passes First Tests," 22 July 2019 This requires that all possible states of the traveling particle be superposed in a single, coherent quantum state for tens of femtoseconds. Peter Byrne, Quanta Magazine, "In Pursuit of Quantum Biology With Birgitta Whaley," 30 July 2013

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First Known Use of superpose

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for superpose

probably from French superposer, back-formation from superposition, from Late Latin superposition-, superpositio, from Latin superponere to superpose, from super- + ponere to place — more at position

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17 Sep 2019

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The first known use of superpose was in 1823

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