Definitions for overlayˌoʊ vərˈleɪ; ˈoʊ vərˌleɪ
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o•ver•layˌoʊ vərˈleɪ; ˈoʊ vərˌleɪ(v.; n.)-laid, -lay•ing
(v.t.)to lay or place (one thing) over or upon another.
to cover, overspread, or surmount with something.
to finish with an overlay:
wood overlaid with gold.
(n.)something laid over something else; covering.
a superimposed decorative layer.
a sheet laid on the tympan of a printing press to increase or distribute the impression.
a transparent sheet placed over artwork, a map, or the like for noting corrections, instructions, additional information, etc.
Origin of overlay:
Ref: pt. of overlie .
sheathing, overlay, overlayer(noun)
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
a layer of decorative material (such as gold leaf or wood veneer) applied over a surface
put something on top of something else
"cover the meat with a lot of gravy"
kill by lying on
"The sow overlay her piglets"
A piece of paper pasted upon the tympan sheet to improve the impression by making it stronger at a particular place.
Odds which are set higher than expected or warranted. Favorable odds.
A horse going off at higher odds than it appears to warrant, based on its past performances.
To lay, or spread, something over or across; to cover.
To overwhelm; to press excessively upon.
To smother with a close covering, or by lying upon.
To put an overlay on.
Origin: (compare overlie)