overcast; overcasting

Definition of overcast

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transitive verb

1 \ ˌō-​vər-​ˈkast How to pronounce overcast (audio) , ˈō-​vər-​ˌkast \ : darken, overshadow
2 \ ˈō-​vər-​ˌkast How to pronounce overcast (audio) \ : to sew (raw edges of a seam) with long slanting widely spaced stitches to prevent raveling


over·​cast | \ ˈō-vər-ˌkast How to pronounce overcast (audio) , ˌō-vər-ˈkast \

Definition of overcast (Entry 2 of 3)

: clouded over an overcast day


over·​cast | \ ˈō-vər-ˌkast How to pronounce overcast (audio) \

Definition of overcast (Entry 3 of 3)

: covering especially : a covering of clouds over the sky

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Synonyms & Antonyms for overcast

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of overcast in a Sentence

Verb an impenetrable fog overcast our view of the harbor Adjective It was an overcast morning. They worked in overcast conditions.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Confidence: Medium Sunday: Mostly cloudy to overcast at times. Washington Post, 23 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Patty’s murder happened on a Tuesday afternoon in June, overcast and cool. Karen Brown, The Atlantic, 31 Aug. 2021 Hours of atmospheric ominousness, of dark clouds, overcast and rain, suddenly ended in golden sunlight and vivid rainbows. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2021 Looking north under overcast skies in late August, the lake stretches all the way to the gray-blue horizon line, which appears to seesaw back and forth. Peter Andrey Smith, STAT, 10 Sep. 2021 Adult crappies tend to be nocturnal and will actively feed on dark, overcast days even after a night of foraging. Jim Gronaw, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 10 Aug. 2021 Shiokaze Park, where the Olympic beach volleyball competition took place, was devastatingly hot compared with the cool overcast Southern California skies. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2021 Clouds, however, will build quickly overnight, leaving us with overcast skies. Washington Post, 31 July 2021 The crowd, dotted with historical reenactors and local politicians, first gathered under an overcast sky for a brief ceremony at City Hall. BostonGlobe.com, 5 July 2021 The sky was overcast, and a brisk breeze shifted the temperature from relatively cool to downright cold. BostonGlobe.com, 15 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For most of Sunday, Washington existed under a blanket of overcast. Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2021 Marsalek noted that the hazy overcast looks much different in the atmosphere versus on the ground level. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, 19 July 2021 Saturday’s overcast appeared milky and chalky rather than sullen and brooding. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2021 Saturday’s hours of sullen and winterlike overcast seemed suited to a day just 30 days from the winter solstice on Dec. 21. Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2020 Sea conditions are good and the weather overcast, but no rain today so far, so good news. Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 2020 But, by the quantitative record kept by the National Weather Service, thus far this month, Saturday was our day of maximum overcast. Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2020 California wildfires like the Creek Fire in the Sierra National Forest, which exploded to 135,000 acres Tuesday, are causing the smokey overcast, according to National Weather Service-Phoenix meteorologist Mark O'Malley. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, 9 Sep. 2020 The Star of India slipped from her station at the foot of Broadway into the early morning overcast on her first sailing voyage in 53 years. sandiegouniontribune.com, 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of overcast


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1536, in the meaning defined above


1637, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overcast was in the 14th century

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“Overcast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcast. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of overcast

: covered with clouds : darkened by clouds


over·​cast | \ ˈō-vər-ˌkast How to pronounce overcast (audio) \

Kids Definition of overcast

: covered with or darkened by clouds

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