[verb oh-ver-lap; noun oh-ver-lap]
- to lap over (something else or each other); extend over and cover a part of; imbricate.
- to cover and extend beyond (something else): The ends of cloth overlap the table.
- to coincide in part with; have in common with: two lives that overlapped each other.
- to lap over: two sales territories that overlap; fields of knowledge that overlap.
- an act or instance of overlapping.
- the extent or amount of overlapping: The second story of the building has an overlap of ten feet.
- an overlapping part.
- the place of overlapping.
- (in yacht racing) the position of two yachts side by side such that the overtaking boat, to pass the other on the opposite side, must fall back, or such that neither can turn toward the other without danger of collision.
Origin of overlap
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Examples from the Web for overlapping
Overlapping coalitions of Arabs, Muslims and the developing world, he said, ensures Israel will always be under unique scrutiny.War of Words Between Israel and UN Continues
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Or perhaps poetic justice demands that the life of an unstoppably prolix author be parceled out in multiple, overlapping volumes.Norman Mailer: A Life Lived Loud
October 20, 2013
Right now, overlapping regulations keep responsible young families from buying their first home.Full Text and Video of President Obama's 2013 State of the Union Address
February 13, 2013
I see the blue and I see the beige and I see two peoples with complex, overlapping ties to the same land.Has Anyone Seen A Map Of E1?
December 27, 2012
When he came to office, President Obama inherited three overlapping wars.War on Terror’s Next Phase: The Legal and Strategic Consequences
P.J. Crowley, Amy Gaudion
June 23, 2012
However, the sight of the roses, overlapping the water-jug, pacified him; they smelt so sweet.His Masterpiece
So each corner was formed by these interlacing and overlapping ends.The Boy Settlers
The overlapping plates (D) and the bolts (E) hold the joint rigidly.Carpentry for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
The enemy, however, kept on advancing, and overlapping his force on both flanks.Through Three Campaigns
G. A. Henty
They are all overlapping now, instead of lying side by side.'Just So Stories
- (of two things) to extend or lie partly over (each other)
- to cover and extend beyond (something)
- (intr) to coincide partly in time, subject, etc
- a part that overlaps or is overlapped
- the amount, length, etc, overlapping
- the act or fact of overlapping
- a place of overlapping
- geology the horizontal extension of the upper beds in a series of rock strata beyond the lower beds, usually caused by submergence of the land
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Word Origin and History for overlapping
1813, from overlap (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A part or portion of a structure that extends or projects over another.
- The suturing of one layer of tissue above or under another layer to provide additional strength, often used in dental surgery.
- To lie over and partly cover something.
- To perform a surgical overlap.
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