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Definition of "overlay" []

  • To lay or spread over or on. (verb-transitive)
  • To cover the surface of with a decorative layer or design: overlay wood with silver. (verb-transitive)
  • To embellish superficially: a simple tune that was overlaid with ornate harmonies. (verb-transitive)
  • Printing To put an overlay on. (verb-transitive)
  • 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. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "overlay" in a sentence
  • "They will have the title overlay capability in their production switcher."
  • "The Oresteian mythical overlay is the vehicle for that consciousness, one that Aue himself evokes."
  • "Gold overlay is a passive metal and will not tarnish."