verb (used with object), o·ver·laid, o·ver·lay·ing.
- a shaped piece of paper, or a sheet of paper reinforced at the proper places by shaped pieces, put on the tympan of a press to increase or equalize the impression.
- a method of preparing copy for multicolor printing, in which matter for each color is prepared on a transparent sheet that is placed over a key plate, usually the one to be printed in black.
- the sheet or sheets so prepared.
Origin of overlay1
Examples from the Web for overlaid
Contemporary Examples of overlaid
The plaque honoring “la Nueve” speaks to how memory is often overlaid by the hedging of history.Who Liberated Paris in August 1944?
August 24, 2014
The repressiveness of the Burmese junta is overlaid with mysticism that can often border on the bizarre.The Next Nuclear Nightmare
April 14, 2010
Historical Examples of overlaid
They were constructed of ivory and jet, and their capitals were overlaid with the purest gold.Imogen
They grow as he grows; they are a kind of composition with which his own philosophy is overlaid.Timaeus
That again got overlaid by the sans-façon of a grande dame of the Second Empire.The Arrow of Gold
But in these days she overlaid her life with gladness and made her house pleasant for her sons.The Long Roll
The trunks of the birch-trees, the slumbering leaves were overlaid with silver.The Adventures of Maya the Bee
verb (ˌəʊvəˈleɪ) -lays, -laying or -laid (tr)
"to cover the surface of (something)," c.1300, in part from Old English oferlecgan "to place over," also "to overburden," and in part from over- + lay (v.). There also was an overlie in Middle English, but it merged into this word. Similar compounds are found in other Germanic languages, e.g. Gothic ufarlagjan. Related: Overlaid; overlaying.
in the printing sense, 1824, from overlay (v.). Meaning "transparent sheet over a map, chart, etc." is from 1938. In earliest noun use it meant "a necktie" (1725).