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tr.v. o·ver·lay (-lā′), o·ver·lain (-lān′), o·ver·ly·ing, o·ver·lies
1. To lie over or on.
2. To suffocate (a baby, for example) by accidentally lying on top of it.
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Adj.1.overlying - placed on or over something else; "an overlying image"
superjacent - lying immediately above or on something else
References in classic literature ?
Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.
It was as if two pictures, the scene of my dream, and my actual surroundings, had been blended, one overlying the other, until the former, gradually fading, disappeared, and I was broad awake in the deserted cabin, entirely and tranquilly conscious of my situation.
Hillocks grow into hills, and hills into mountains, each range overlying its neighbor, until they soar up in the giant chain which raises its spotless and untrodden peaks, white and dazzling, against the pale blue wintry sky.
There was a spirit in Arnold--not easily brought to the surface, through the overlying simplicity and good-humor of his ordinary character--which, once roused, was a spirit not readily quelled.