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overlaid

[oh-ver-leyd] /ˌoʊ vərˈleɪd/
verb
1.
simple past tense and past participle of overlay1 .

overlay1

[verb oh-ver-ley; noun oh-ver-ley] /verb ˌoʊ vərˈleɪ; noun ˈoʊ vərˌleɪ/
verb (used with object), overlaid, overlaying.
1.
to lay or place (one thing) over or upon another.
2.
to cover, overspread, or surmount with something.
3.
to finish with a layer or applied decoration of something:
wood richly overlaid with gold.
4.
Printing. to put an overlay upon.
noun
5.
something laid over something else; covering.
6.
a layer or decoration of something applied:
an overlay of gold.
7.
Printing.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. the sheet or sheets so prepared.
8.
a sheet of transparent paper placed over a photograph, a dummy, or other artwork for noting corrections, instructions, mechanical separations, etc.
9.
Computers. software or data in external storage and brought into main storage for execution by replacing or augmenting software or data already there.
10.
a transparent sheet giving special military information not ordinarily shown on maps, used by being placed over the map on which it is based.
11.
a decorative piece of leather or other material stitched on a shoe.
12.
Scot. a cravat.
Origin of overlay1
1250-1300
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at over-, lay1

overlay2

[oh-ver-ley] /ˌoʊ vərˈleɪ/
verb
1.
simple past tense of overlie.
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  • They were constructed of ivory and jet, and their capitals were overlaid with the purest gold.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • They grow as he grows; they are a kind of composition with which his own philosophy is overlaid.

    Timaeus Plato
  • That again got overlaid by the sans-façon of a grande dame of the Second Empire.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • But in these days she overlaid her life with gladness and made her house pleasant for her sons.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • The trunks of the birch-trees, the slumbering leaves were overlaid with silver.

  • There was interest in his mind, overlaid with skepticism, of course, but interest all the same.

    Wizard Laurence Mark Janifer (AKA Larry M. Harris)
  • The sun and wind had overlaid the delicate bloom of her cheek with rose.

    Country Neighbors

    Alice Brown
  • These air-holes are overlaid loosely with flags and other light materials.

    Black Beaver James Campbell Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for overlaid

overlay

verb (transitive) (ˌəʊvəˈleɪ) -lays, -laying, -laid
1.
to lay or place something over or upon (something else)
2.
(often foll by with) to cover, overspread, or conceal (with)
3.
(foll by with) to cover (a surface) with an applied decoration: ebony overlaid with silver
4.
to achieve the correct printing pressure all over (a forme or plate) by adding to the appropriate areas of the packing
noun (ˈəʊvəˌleɪ)
5.
something that is laid over something else; covering
6.
an applied decoration or layer, as of gold leaf
7.
a transparent sheet giving extra details to a map or diagram over which it is designed to be placed
8.
(printing) material, such as paper, used to overlay a forme or plate
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Word Origin and History for overlaid

overlay

v.

"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.

overlay

n.

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).

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