[adjective oh-ver-kast, -kahst, oh-ver-kast, -kahst; verb oh-ver-kast, -kahst, oh-ver-kast, -kahst; noun oh-ver-kast, -kahst]
- overspread or covered with clouds; cloudy: an overcast day.
- Meteorology. (of the sky) more than 95 percent covered by clouds.
- dark; gloomy.
- Sewing. sewn by overcasting.
- to overcloud, darken, or make gloomy: Ominous clouds began to overcast the sky.
- to sew with stitches passing successively over an edge, especially long stitches set at intervals to prevent raveling.
- to become cloudy or dark: By noon it had begun to overcast.
- Meteorology. the condition of the sky when more than 95 percent covered by clouds.
- Mining. a crossing of two passages, as airways, dug at the same level, in which one rises to pass over the other without opening into it.Compare undercast(def 1).
Origin of overcast
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Examples from the Web for overcast
However, an overcast sky (like you see often during the winter) usually ranks at only 1,000 lux or lower.Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder With This New Tracker
November 7, 2014
Mostly cloudy Monday through Wednesday, cloudy Thursday, overcast Friday, and considerable cloudiness over the weekend.It’s Always Sunny In England
The Daily Beast
September 17, 2014
The wet ground mirrored the overcast sky and three officiating officers stood saluting in the background.How the Dead Come Home From Afghanistan
May 9, 2014
The plan was to go that coming Sunday afternoon, but when the day came it was bitter, overcast, so I tried begging off.There’s Something about Typhoid Mary
Mary Beth Keane
April 27, 2013
Haneke, however, is in a decidedly genial mood on an overcast fall day in midtown Manhattan—and with good reason.‘Amour,’ the Year’s Best Foreign Film, Courts Oscar
December 19, 2012
Glancing skyward, Casanova saw that the heavens were overcast.Casanova's Homecoming
The sky was overcast and gray, with a distinct threat of rain.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
The sky was overcast, and the heads of the mountains were capped with mist.The Scapegoat
His handsome countenance, so marvellously like her own, was overcast.St. Martin's Summer
All during the cloudy, overcast day he strained his eyes ahead.
- covered over or obscured, esp by clouds
- meteorol (of the sky) more than 95 per cent cloud-covered
- gloomy or melancholy
- sewn over by overcasting
- to make or become overclouded or gloomy
- to sew (an edge, as of a hem) with long stitches passing successively over the edge
- a covering, as of clouds or mist
- meteorol the state of the sky when more than 95 per cent of it is cloud-covered
- mining a crossing of two passages without an intersection
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Word Origin and History for overcast
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