What does overlap mean?

Definitions for overlapˌoʊ vərˈlæp; ˈoʊ vərˌlæp

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. overlap, convergence, intersection(noun)

    a representation of common ground between theories or phenomena

    "there was no overlap between their proposals"

  2. overlap(noun)

    the property of partial coincidence in time

  3. lap, overlap(verb)

    a flap that lies over another part

    "the lap of the shingles should be at least ten inches"

  4. overlap(verb)

    coincide partially or wholly

    "Our vacations overlap"

  5. overlap(verb)

    extend over and cover a part of

    "The roofs of the houses overlap in this crowded city"


  1. Overlap(v. t.)

    To cover part of.

  2. Overlap(v. i.)

    To be arranged so that a part of one object laying over part of another; as, the boards overlapped at their ends.

  3. Overlap(v. i.)

    To have the ending time of one period or process extend beyond the beginning time of another period or process; as, the lives of Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt overlapped by several decades.


  1. overlap(Noun)

    Something that overlaps or is overlapped

  2. overlap(Noun)

    a situation in the game where an attacking line has more players in it than the defensive line coming to meet it. The attacking side may exploit the overlap by using their superior numbers to break the opposition's defensive line. If attackers outnumber defenders by more than one player this is often termed a two man overlap or three man overlap, etc. If the attacking side fails to break through usually due to poor execution, they are said to waste an overlap.

  3. overlap(Verb)

    To extend over and partly cover something.

    the mousemat overlapped the edge of the desk

  4. overlap(Verb)

    To have an area, range, character or function in common.

    The two maps overlapped at the east and west edges

  5. overlap(Verb)

    Used of sets that have some elements in common.

    The set (all men) overlaps the set (vegetarians)

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Overlap

    ō-vėr-lap′, v.t. to lap over: to lay so that the edge of one rests on that of another.—n. O′verlap (geol.), a disposition of strata where the upper beds extend beyond the bottom beds of the same series.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. overlap

    1. In photography, the amount by which one photograph includes the same area covered by another, customarily expressed as a percentage. The overlap between successive air photographs on a flight line is called


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of overlap in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of overlap in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Klemens Von Metternich:

    It is useless to close the gates against ideas; they overlap them.

  2. Peter Leutscher:

    This overlap of HIV and schistosomiasis is really striking, it's a neglected risk factor.

  3. Cigna CEO David Cordani:

    Within that, there may be deemed by the DOJ some overlap that is not acceptable and we'll deal with that.

  4. John Stephenson:

    I think it would be great, there's little overlap in terms of footprint, i think it's potentially an attractive deal.

  5. Shawn Guertin:

    We're in the same business at the highest level, and so there certainly is an overlap in that regard, it's really about local markets.

Images & Illustrations of overlap

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