- to lap over (something else or each other); extend over and cover a part of; imbricate.
- to cover and extend beyond (something else): The ends of cloth overlap the table.
- to coincide in part with; have in common with: two lives that overlapped each other.
- to lap over: two sales territories that overlap; fields of knowledge that overlap.
- an act or instance of overlapping.
- the extent or amount of overlapping: The second story of the building has an overlap of ten feet.
- an overlapping part.
- the place of overlapping.
- (in yacht racing) the position of two yachts side by side such that the overtaking boat, to pass the other on the opposite side, must fall back, or such that neither can turn toward the other without danger of collision.
Origin of overlap
Examples from the Web for overlapped
In some areas, the overlap was even higher: 100 percent of plantations in Ghana overlapped.Our Taste for Cheap Palm Oil Is Killing Chimpanzees
July 11, 2014
Of course, U.S.-Russian relations have overlapped in some areas of mutual interest.Ex- CIA Chief: Why We Keep Getting Putin Wrong
Eli Lake, Noah Shachtman, Christopher Dickey
March 2, 2014
Members of the militias led by bin-Ahmed and al-Gharabi overlapped with the February 17 militia, the cable says.Exclusive: Libya Cable Detailed Threats
October 8, 2012
The first report was welcomed by many whose views on Islam overlapped or bordered those presented by Breivik in his manifesto.Norway Puts Hate on Trial, With Anders Behring Breivik’s Ugly Beliefs
April 15, 2012
The multitude of tracks in it overlapped and overlaid each other.Watched by Wild Animals
Enos A. Mills
And the worst of it was that society mingled and overlapped so strangely.A Lost Cause
Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
All round were dingy mangroves that overlapped and hid the entrance.Wyndham's Pal
The answer came so suddenly that it overlapped the last words of his sentence.The House of Mystery
William Henry Irwin
Sometimes they overlapped each other, and rose Uke an immense staircase.Hyacinth
George A. Birmingham
- (of two things) to extend or lie partly over (each other)
- to cover and extend beyond (something)
- (intr) to coincide partly in time, subject, etc
- a part that overlaps or is overlapped
- the amount, length, etc, overlapping
- the act or fact of overlapping
- a place of overlapping
- geology the horizontal extension of the upper beds in a series of rock strata beyond the lower beds, usually caused by submergence of the land
Word Origin and History for overlapped
1813, from overlap (v.).
- 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.