- present participle of overlie.
- to lie over or upon, as a covering or stratum.
- to smother (an infant) by lying upon it, as in sleep.
Origin of overlie
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Examples from the Web for overlying
The red of nature had come into her cheeks and fought there with the overlying hue of art.The Prisoner
Light was in his face, overlying the flush of simple passions.Rose MacLeod
The water, as it plunges down, undermines the overlying rock.Charles Lyell and Modern Geology
Thomas George Bonney
They are of older date than the overlying and undisturbed coal-measures.A Manual of Elementary Geology
And no proof has been made from the nature or depth of the overlying deposits.Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith
- to lie or rest uponCompare overlay
- to kill (a baby or newborn animal) by lying upon it
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Word Origin and History for overlying
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