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o·ver·lay 1

tr.v. o·ver·laid (-lād′), o·ver·lay·ing, o·ver·lays
1. To lay or spread over or on.
a. To cover the surface of with a decorative layer or design: overlay wood with silver.
b. To embellish superficially: a simple tune that was overlaid with ornate harmonies.
3. Printing To put an overlay on.
4. To create (a new area code) having the same boundaries as another: In Maryland, area code 240 was overlaid on top of area code 301.
n. (ō′vər-lā′)
1. Something that is laid over or covers something else.
2. A layer of decoration, such as gold leaf or wood veneer, applied to a surface.
3. Printing A piece of paper used on a press tympan to vary the pressure that produces light and dark tones.
4. A transparent sheet containing graphic matter, such as labels or colored areas, placed on illustrative matter to be incorporated into it.
5. An area code whose boundaries are the same as another area code.

o·ver·lay 2

Past tense of overlie.


vb (tr) , -lays, -laying or -laid
1. to lay or place something over or upon (something else)
2. (often foll by with) to cover, overspread, or conceal (with)
3. (Art Terms) (foll by with) to cover (a surface) with an applied decoration: ebony overlaid with silver.
4. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) to achieve the correct printing pressure all over (a forme or plate) by adding to the appropriate areas of the packing
5. something that is laid over something else; covering
6. (Art Terms) an applied decoration or layer, as of gold leaf
7. a transparent sheet giving extra details to a map or diagram over which it is designed to be placed
8. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing material, such as paper, used to overlay a forme or plate


(v. ˌoʊ vərˈleɪ; n. ˈoʊ vərˌleɪ)

v. -laid, -lay•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to lay or place (one thing) over or upon another.
2. to cover, overspread, or surmount with something.
3. to finish with an overlay: wood overlaid with gold.
4. something laid over something else; covering.
5. a superimposed decorative layer.
6. a sheet laid on the tympan of a printing press to increase or distribute the impression.
7. a transparent sheet placed over artwork, a map, or the like for noting corrections, instructions, additional information, etc.


(ˌoʊ vərˈleɪ)

pt. of overlie.


A printing or drawing on a transparent or semi-transparent medium at the same scale as a map, chart, etc., to show details not appearing or requiring special emphasis on the original.


Past participle: overlaid
Gerund: overlaying

I overlay
you overlay
he/she/it overlays
we overlay
you overlay
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we overlaid
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Present Continuous
I am overlaying
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Present Perfect
I have overlaid
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Past Continuous
I was overlaying
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he/she/it was overlaying
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Past Perfect
I had overlaid
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I will overlay
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Future Perfect
I will have overlaid
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Future Continuous
I will be overlaying
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been overlaying
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Future Perfect Continuous
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Past Perfect Continuous
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I would overlay
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Past Conditional
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.overlay - protective covering consisting, for example, of a layer of boards applied to the studs and joists of a building to strengthen it and serve as a foundation for a weatherproof exterioroverlay - protective covering consisting, for example, of a layer of boards applied to the studs and joists of a building to strengthen it and serve as a foundation for a weatherproof exterior
protective cover, protective covering, protection - a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury; "they had no protection from the fallout"; "wax provided protection for the floors"
2.overlay - a layer of decorative material (such as gold leaf or wood veneer) applied over a surface
decoration, ornament, ornamentation - something used to beautify
layer, bed - single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance; "slices of hard-boiled egg on a bed of spinach"
Verb1.overlay - put something on top of something else; "cover the meat with a lot of gravy"
cover - provide with a covering or cause to be covered; "cover her face with a handkerchief"; "cover the child with a blanket"; "cover the grave with flowers"
splash - mark or overlay with patches of contrasting color or texture; cause to appear splashed or spattered; "The mountain was splashed with snow"
2.overlay - kill by lying on; "The sow overlay her piglets"
kill - cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly; "This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank"; "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays"


1. cover, coat, blanket, adorn, mantle, ornament, envelop, veneer, encase, inlay, superimpose, laminate, overspread The floor was overlaid with rugs of Oriental design. a very large dark wood table overlaid in glass
1. covering, casing, wrapping, decoration, veneer, adornment, ornamentation, appliqué Silver overlay is bonded to the entire surface.


To extend over the surface of:


(overlaid (pt, pp)) [ˌəʊvəˈleɪd]
A. [ˌəʊvəˈleɪ] VTcubrir (with con) → revestir (with de) to get overlaid withformarse una capa de, cubrirse con
B. [ˈəʊvəleɪ] Ncapa f sobrepuesta, revestimiento m; (= applied decoration) → incrustación f; (on map etc) → transparencia f superpuesta


[ˌəʊvəˈleɪ] (overlaid (pt, pp)) [ˌəʊvəˈleɪd] vtricoprire
References in classic literature ?
Towards nine o'clock he smoothed his ruffled aspect, and, presenting as respectable and business-like an exterior as he could overlay his natural self with, issued forth to the occupation of the day.
Thou hast atchiev'd our libertie, confin'd Within Hell Gates till now, thou us impow'rd To fortifie thus farr, and overlay With this portentous Bridge the dark Abyss.
High over the tree-tops, in a widespread, trailing, noisy crew, there fly, with resounding cries, flocks of birds which seem to darken and overlay the very heavens.
I felt a strong desire to overlay the incident with an even added measure of grossness; so, the further I proceeded, the more did the gusto of my proceeding increase.
From in front and especially from the right, in the unlifting smoke the guns boomed, and out of the mysterious domain of smoke that overlay the whole space in front, quick hissing cannon balls and slow whistling shells flew unceasingly.
Nor wanted clouds of foot, nor, on each horn, Cuirassiers all in steel for standing fight, Chariots, or elephants indorsed with towers Of archers; nor of labouring pioners A multitude, with spades and axes armed, To lay hills plain, fell woods, or valleys fill, Or where plain was raise hill, or overlay With bridges rivers proud, as with a yoke: Mules after these, camels and dromedaries, And waggons fraught with utensils of war.
While presenting a five-year road improvement plan to Nobles County commissioners Tuesday afternoon, Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder said three projects set to be done this year will be carried into 2016, including rebuilding and overlay of CSAH 39 in Dundee and replacement of two bridges in other parts of the county.
Overlays bring the promise of simplifying the orchestration of data center resources, and having one common configuration protocol ensures consistent behavior across different overlay and underlay combinations, providing a lower cost of ownership in the process.
The unit cost of patching of concrete pavements is more than six times the cost of the concrete overlay.
In order to continue scaling devices to meet Moore's law, chip manufacturers are extending 193nm immersion lithography using multi-patterning techniques and are assessing non-traditional patterning technologies, such as directed self-assembly," said Noam Knoll, vice president and general manager of the Overlay Metrology Division at KLA-Tencor.
In Mississippi County, Delta will handle a 2-mile overlay project on U.
The ability to see a product in action, to click on it for more information, to share it on Facebook, and add it to your cart without even leaving the page is a major change for this industry," says Rob Lane, CEO and Co-Founder of Overlay.