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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.
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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
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(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.
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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.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.


Past participle: overlaid
Gerund: overlaying

I overlay
you overlay
he/she/it overlays
we overlay
you overlay
they overlay
I overlaid
you overlaid
he/she/it overlaid
we overlaid
you overlaid
they overlaid
Present Continuous
I am overlaying
you are overlaying
he/she/it is overlaying
we are overlaying
you are overlaying
they are overlaying
Present Perfect
I have overlaid
you have overlaid
he/she/it has overlaid
we have overlaid
you have overlaid
they have overlaid
Past Continuous
I was overlaying
you were overlaying
he/she/it was overlaying
we were overlaying
you were overlaying
they were overlaying
Past Perfect
I had overlaid
you had overlaid
he/she/it had overlaid
we had overlaid
you had overlaid
they had overlaid
I will overlay
you will overlay
he/she/it will overlay
we will overlay
you will overlay
they will overlay
Future Perfect
I will have overlaid
you will have overlaid
he/she/it will have overlaid
we will have overlaid
you will have overlaid
they will have overlaid
Future Continuous
I will be overlaying
you will be overlaying
he/she/it will be overlaying
we will be overlaying
you will be overlaying
they will be overlaying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been overlaying
you have been overlaying
he/she/it has been overlaying
we have been overlaying
you have been overlaying
they have been overlaying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been overlaying
you will have been overlaying
he/she/it will have been overlaying
we will have been overlaying
you will have been overlaying
they will have been overlaying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been overlaying
you had been overlaying
he/she/it had been overlaying
we had been overlaying
you had been overlaying
they had been overlaying
I would overlay
you would overlay
he/she/it would overlay
we would overlay
you would overlay
they would overlay
Past Conditional
I would have overlaid
you would have overlaid
he/she/it would have overlaid
we would have overlaid
you would have overlaid
they would have overlaid
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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"
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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.
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To extend over the surface of:
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(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
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[ˌəʊvəˈleɪ] (overlaid (pt, pp)) [ˌəʊvəˈleɪd] vtricoprire
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References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Like a savage tigress that tossing in the jungle overlays her own cubs, so the sea dashes even the mightiest whales against the rocks, and leaves them there side by side with the split wrecks of ships.
Tulsa District 1 City Councilor Vanessa Hall-Harperhelped implementa similar overlay in April 2018.
He said the contractor's plan had indicated that they would overlay 10km every month and he believed that if they could stick to the plan, they would finish the project before the expected time.
Borocarbides' high wear resistance and increased impact resistance allows for a reduced overlay thickness compared to traditional overlays, yielding a ligher product with longer service life.
In addition, the final overlay deposit using the wire will have similar properties as the Duroxite 100 overlay plate and pipe including chemistry, surface hardness and working temperature making it a perfect match for any hardfacing welding needed on Duroxite 100 overlay products.
The agreement unites MPA's overlay management services1 with Pershing's technology platform, which offers tools, reporting functionality and custodial services.