Origin of overcast

1175–1225; Middle English (v.); see over-, cast
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adjective (ˈəʊvəˌkɑːst)

covered over or obscured, esp by clouds
meteorol (of the sky) more than 95 per cent cloud-covered
gloomy or melancholy
sewn over by overcasting

verb (ˌəʊvəˈkɑːst)

to make or become overclouded or gloomy
to sew (an edge, as of a hem) with long stitches passing successively over the edge

noun (ˈəʊvəˌkɑːst)

a covering, as of clouds or mist
meteorol the state of the sky when more than 95 per cent of it is cloud-covered
mining a crossing of two passages without an intersection
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Word Origin and History for overcast

c.1300, of weather, past participle adjective from verb overcast (early 13c.), "to overthrow," also "to cover, to overspread" as with a garment, usually of weather, from over- + cast (v.).

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