Phillips mediates the darkness of the crime with an overlay of fiction.
And the disclosure that Abedin is pregnant added an overlay of pathos to the seamy tale.
You can also overlay census data showing where the population of women of reproductive age (15–44) live.
Waspiness is an overlay on human character, like the porcelain veneer that protects the biting surface of a damaged tooth.
How we should tremble to overlay the record of it with our words!
The top is covered with a Swiss overlay pattern, made of split sticks.
Has familiarity tended to disguise and overlay the wonder-compelling revelation of God?
But, it may be asked, what has become of the beds that overlay the granite?
The building which overlay the excavated cellar hole does not appear on any known map.
This is shown in the beaten bronzes, thin plates of which were used to overlay wooden forms.
"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).