overspread


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal.

o·ver·spread

 (ō′vər-sprĕd′)
tr.v. o·ver·spread, o·ver·spread·ing, o·ver·spreads
To spread or extend over the surface of: Dark clouds are overspreading the sky.

o′ver·spread′ n.

overspread

(ˌəʊvəˈsprɛd)
vb (tr)
to spread across or over (something)

o•ver•spread

(ˌoʊ vərˈsprɛd)

v.t. -spread, -spread•ing.
to spread or diffuse over: A smile overspread her face.
[before 1000]

overspread


Past participle: overspread
Gerund: overspreading

Imperative
overspread
overspread
Present
I overspread
you overspread
he/she/it overspreads
we overspread
you overspread
they overspread
Preterite
I overspread
you overspread
he/she/it overspread
we overspread
you overspread
they overspread
Present Continuous
I am overspreading
you are overspreading
he/she/it is overspreading
we are overspreading
you are overspreading
they are overspreading
Present Perfect
I have overspread
you have overspread
he/she/it has overspread
we have overspread
you have overspread
they have overspread
Past Continuous
I was overspreading
you were overspreading
he/she/it was overspreading
we were overspreading
you were overspreading
they were overspreading
Past Perfect
I had overspread
you had overspread
he/she/it had overspread
we had overspread
you had overspread
they had overspread
Future
I will overspread
you will overspread
he/she/it will overspread
we will overspread
you will overspread
they will overspread
Future Perfect
I will have overspread
you will have overspread
he/she/it will have overspread
we will have overspread
you will have overspread
they will have overspread
Future Continuous
I will be overspreading
you will be overspreading
he/she/it will be overspreading
we will be overspreading
you will be overspreading
they will be overspreading
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been overspreading
you have been overspreading
he/she/it has been overspreading
we have been overspreading
you have been overspreading
they have been overspreading
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been overspreading
you will have been overspreading
he/she/it will have been overspreading
we will have been overspreading
you will have been overspreading
they will have been overspreading
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been overspreading
you had been overspreading
he/she/it had been overspreading
we had been overspreading
you had been overspreading
they had been overspreading
Conditional
I would overspread
you would overspread
he/she/it would overspread
we would overspread
you would overspread
they would overspread
Past Conditional
I would have overspread
you would have overspread
he/she/it would have overspread
we would have overspread
you would have overspread
they would have overspread
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.overspread - spread across or over; "A big oil spot spread across the water"
cover, extend, continue - span an interval of distance, space or time; "The war extended over five years"; "The period covered the turn of the century"; "My land extends over the hills on the horizon"; "This farm covers some 200 acres"; "The Archipelago continues for another 500 miles"
transgress - spread over land, especially along a subsiding shoreline; "The sea transgresses along the West coast of the island"
References in classic literature ?
It was the first time she had admitted it, and a glow overspread her face, blotching it with red spots.
The sullen shades of night soon overspread the whole hemisphere, and the earth seemed to gasp after the hovering moisture.
Its whole visible exterior was ornamented with quaint figures, conceived in the grotesqueness of a Gothic fancy, and drawn or stamped in the glittering plaster, composed of lime, pebbles, and bits of glass, with which the woodwork of the walls was overspread.
It had, indeed, a very cheery aspect, the walls being overspread with a kind of stucco, in which fragments of broken glass were plentifully intermixed; so that, when the sunshine fell aslant-wise over the front of the edifice, it glittered and sparkled as if diamonds had been flung against it by the double handful.
Comparing the humped herds of whales with the humped herds of buffalo, which, not forty years ago, overspread by tens of thousands the prairies of Illinois and Missouri, and shook their iron manes and scowled with their thunder-clotted brows upon the sites of populous river-capitals, where now the polite broker sells you land at a dollar an inch; in such a comparison an irresistible argument would seem furnished, to show that the hunted whale cannot now escape speedy extinction.
He gasped for breath as he sat down in the parlor at North Shingles, and that ominous bluish pallor which always overspread his face in moments of agitation now made its warning appearance again.
A clammy and intensely cold mist, it made its slow way through the air in ripples that visibly followed and overspread one another, as the waves of an unwholesome sea might do.
A moody smile that had overspread his features cleared off as he said this merrily, and he was his own frank, winning self again.
Attended by this gallant equipage, himself well mounted, and splendidly dressed in crimson and in gold, bearing upon his hand a falcon, and having his head covered by a rich fur bonnet, adorned with a circle of precious stones, from which his long curled hair escaped and overspread his shoulders, Prince John, upon a grey and high-mettled palfrey, caracoled within the lists at the head of his jovial party, laughing loud with his train, and eyeing with all the boldness of royal criticism the beauties who adorned the lofty galleries.
At the sound of his voice, the Princess of Bengal suddenly grew calm, and an expression of joy overspread her face, such as only comes when what we wish for most and expect the least suddenly happens to us.
From poles the wires soon overflowed to housetops, until in New York alone they had overspread eleven thousand roofs.
With these words she became silent, and the colour that overspread her face showed plainly the pain and shame she was suffering at heart.