- simple past tense and past participle of overlay1.
- something laid over something else; covering.
- a layer or decoration of something applied: an overlay of gold.
- a shaped piece of paper, or a sheet of paper reinforced at the proper places by shaped pieces, put on the tympan of a press to increase or equalize the impression.
- a method of preparing copy for multicolor printing, in which matter for each color is prepared on a transparent sheet that is placed over a key plate, usually the one to be printed in black.
- the sheet or sheets so prepared.
- a sheet of transparent paper placed over a photograph, a dummy, or other artwork for noting corrections, instructions, mechanical separations, etc.
- Computers. software or data in external storage and brought into main storage for execution by replacing or augmenting software or data already there.
- a transparent sheet giving special military information not ordinarily shown on maps, used by being placed over the map on which it is based.
- a decorative piece of leather or other material stitched on a shoe.
- Scot. a cravat.
Origin of overlay1
- simple past tense of overlie.
Examples from the Web for overlaid
The plaque honoring “la Nueve” speaks to how memory is often overlaid by the hedging of history.Who Liberated Paris in August 1944?
August 24, 2014
The repressiveness of the Burmese junta is overlaid with mysticism that can often border on the bizarre.The Next Nuclear Nightmare
April 14, 2010
They were constructed of ivory and jet, and their capitals were overlaid with the purest gold.Imogen
They grow as he grows; they are a kind of composition with which his own philosophy is overlaid.Timaeus
That again got overlaid by the sans-façon of a grande dame of the Second Empire.The Arrow of Gold
But in these days she overlaid her life with gladness and made her house pleasant for her sons.The Long Roll
The trunks of the birch-trees, the slumbering leaves were overlaid with silver.The Adventures of Maya the Bee
- to lay or place something over or upon (something else)
- (often foll by with) to cover, overspread, or conceal (with)
- (foll by with) to cover (a surface) with an applied decorationebony overlaid with silver
- to achieve the correct printing pressure all over (a forme or plate) by adding to the appropriate areas of the packing
- something that is laid over something else; covering
- an applied decoration or layer, as of gold leaf
- a transparent sheet giving extra details to a map or diagram over which it is designed to be placed
- printing material, such as paper, used to overlay a forme or plate
Word Origin and History for overlaid
"to cover the surface of (something)," c.1300, in part from Old English oferlecgan "to place over," also "to overburden," and in part from over- + lay (v.). There also was an overlie in Middle English, but it merged into this word. Similar compounds are found in other Germanic languages, e.g. Gothic ufarlagjan. Related: Overlaid; overlaying.
in the printing sense, 1824, from overlay (v.). Meaning "transparent sheet over a map, chart, etc." is from 1938. In earliest noun use it meant "a necktie" (1725).