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[soo-per-pohz] /ˌsu pərˈpoʊz/
verb (used with object), superposed, superposing.
to place above or upon something else, or one upon another.
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 forms
superposable, adjective Unabridged
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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


verb (transitive)
(geometry) to transpose (the coordinates of one geometric figure) to coincide with those of another
a rare word for superimpose (sense 1)
Derived Forms
superposable, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from French superposer, from Latin superpōnere, from super- + pōnere to place
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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