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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.
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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 superpose

Historical Examples

  • Now it is the same thing with symmetric spherical triangles; we cannot superpose them.

    The Teaching of Geometry

    David Eugene Smith

  • We may give isolated single taps or superpose a series in rapid succession according as the wheel is rotated slow or fast.

  • But if we superpose the pure spectral colours on a screen, the resulting colours are quite 729 different.

  • What has been accomplished is to superpose upon the ancient organic France another arbitrary and administrative France.

    France and the Republic

    William Henry Hurlbert


British Dictionary definitions for superpose

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)
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Derived Formssuperposable, adjective

Word Origin

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