Definition for overlain (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), o·ver·lay, o·ver·lain, o·ver·ly·ing.
Examples from the Web for overlain
The Keweenawan is composed of immense piles of lava, such as those of Iceland, overlain by bedded sandstones.The Elements of Geology|William Harmon Norton
Large areas are overlain with trachyte, basalt, obsidian, tuff and pumice.
This series is overlain unconformably by a younger quartzite of similar character, and itself rests upon the crystalline schists.
There was one creature in the crowd that was not to be overlain by the others.The Giraffe Hunters|Mayne Reid
The deposits are overlain by several hundred feet of loose, water-bearing sands, through which it is difficult to sink a shaft.The Economic Aspect of Geology|C. K. Leith
British Dictionary definitions for overlain
verb -lies, -lying, -lay or -lain (tr)
Word Origin and History for overlain
late 12c., from over- + lie (v.2), or from an unrecorded Old English *oferlicgan. "In use from 12th to 16th c.; in 17-18th displaced by overlay; reintroduced in 19th c., chiefly in geological use." [OED]. Related: Overlay; overlain.