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v. o·ver·lapped, o·ver·lap·ping, o·ver·laps
1. To lie or extend over and cover part of.
2. To have an area or range in common with.
1. To lie over and partly cover something.
2. To correspond in character or function: Their duties overlap.
3. Mathematics To have one or more elements in common. Used of sets.
n. (ō′vər-lăp′)
1. A part or portion that overlaps or is overlapped.
2. An instance of overlapping.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.overlapping - covering with a design in which one element covers a part of another (as with tiles or shingles)overlapping - covering with a design in which one element covers a part of another (as with tiles or shingles)
covering - an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
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References in classic literature ?
He felt the good and bad within himself inextricably mingled and overlapping. But only what was really good in him was reflected in his wife, all that was not quite good was rejected.
Intrigues everywhere, new and old overlapping. They have really some reason for keeping you and me apart, but as regards my other movements, I am free enough.
Deep into distant woodlands winds a mazy way, reaching to overlapping spurs of mountains bathed in their hill-side blue.
A long-skirted, cabalistically-cut coat of a faded walnut tinge enveloped him; the overlapping sleeves of which were rolled up on his wrists.
Her fair hair, which had faded without turning grey, was still parted in flat overlapping points on her forehead, and the straight nose that divided her pale blue eyes was only a little more pinched about the nostrils than when the portrait had been painted.
The cliffs before them were broken and ragged, those coming from the east overlapping the cliffs from the west.
Perhaps had one been there to point them out to us, we might have noted indentations in the mud, but there were countless indentations, one overlapping another into a confusion that would have been entirely meaningless to us.
Their flesh, in parts, hung upon them in huge folds, like the overlapping plaits on the flank of a rhinoceros.
As they lay sprawled about the floor, sometimes overlapping one another, again in heaps of several bodies, they suggested instantly to me the grotesque illustrations that I had seen in copies of Dante's INFERNO, and what more fitting comparison?
Away to your lodgings, and come not nigh the prince until the armorer hath placed the true charge upon your shield." As the youth withdrew in confusion, Sir William's keen eye singled out the five red roses from amid the overlapping shields and cloud of pennons which faced him.
Here they could at least be once more in the country they loved, albeit of a milder and less heroic type, and a little degraded by the overlapping tinsel and scattered spangles of the palace.
Instead of legitimately extending telephone lines into communities that had none, these promoters proceeded to inflict the messy snarl of an overlapping system upon whatever cities would give them permission to do so.