[ verb oh-ver-lap; noun oh-ver-lap ]
/ verb ˌoʊ vərˈlæp; noun ˈoʊ vərˌlæp /

verb (used with object), o·ver·lapped, o·ver·lap·ping.

verb (used without object), o·ver·lapped, o·ver·lap·ping.

to lap over: two sales territories that overlap; fields of knowledge that overlap.


Origin of overlap

First recorded in 1685–95; over- + lap2

Related forms

non·o·ver·lap·ping, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for overlap


verb (ˌəʊvəˈlæp) -laps, -lapping or -lapped

noun (ˈəʊvəˌlæp)

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Medicine definitions for overlap


[ ōvər-lăp′ ]


A part or portion of a structure that extends or projects over another.
The suturing of one layer of tissue above or under another layer to provide additional strength, often used in dental surgery.


To lie over and partly cover something.
To perform a surgical overlap.
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