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superpose

[soo-per-pohz]
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verb (used with object), su·per·posed, su·per·pos·ing.
  1. to place above or upon something else, or one upon another.
  2. Geometry. to place (one figure) in the space occupied by another, so that the two figures coincide throughout their whole extent.

Origin of superpose

From the French word superposer, dating back to 1815–25. See super-, pose1
Related formssu·per·pos·a·ble, adjective
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Examples from the Web for superposable

Historical Examples

  • We therefore speak of congruent triangles and congruent parallelograms as being those that are superposable.

    The Teaching of Geometry

    David Eugene Smith

  • The two worlds thus become substantially identical, continuous, and superposable; each can merge insensibly into the other.

    Winds Of Doctrine

    George Santayana


British Dictionary definitions for superposable

superpose

verb (tr)
  1. geometry to transpose (the coordinates of one geometric figure) to coincide with those of another
  2. a rare word for superimpose (def. 1)
Derived Formssuperposable, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from French superposer, from Latin superpōnere, from super- + pōnere to place
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