[verb oh-ver-duhb; noun oh-ver-duhb]
verb (used without object), o·ver·dubbed, o·ver·dub·bing.
  1. to add other recorded sound or music, as a supplementary instrumental or vocal track, to a taped musical track to complete or enhance a recording.
verb (used with object), o·ver·dubbed, o·ver·dub·bing.
  1. to add (a track or tracks) to a musical recording.
  1. a recorded segment or layer of instrumental parts, vocalization, or sound effects integrated into a musical recording.

Origin of overdub

First recorded in 1965–70; over- + dub4
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British Dictionary definitions for overdub


verb (ˌəʊvəˈdʌb) -dubs, -dubbing or -dubbed
  1. to add (new sound) on a spare track or tracks
noun (ˈəʊvəˌdʌb)
  1. the addition of new sound to a recording; the blending of various layers of sound in one recording
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Word Origin and History for overdub

1954, from over- + dub (v.). As a noun (over-dub) from 1953. Related: Overdubbed; overdubbing.

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