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.
Definition for overlay (2 of 3)
Definition for overlay (3 of 3)
verb (used with object), o·ver·lay, o·ver·lain, o·ver·ly·ing.
Examples from the Web for overlay
Phillips mediates the darkness of the crime with an overlay of fiction.Murder, She Wrote: Jayne Anne Phillips on Her New Novel|Jane Ciabattari|October 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
You can also overlay census data showing where the population of women of reproductive age (15–44) live.
And the disclosure that Abedin is pregnant added an overlay of pathos to the seamy tale.
Waspiness is an overlay on human character, like the porcelain veneer that protects the biting surface of a damaged tooth.
Our concern should be, merely to regulate it, that it grow not too large, and so overlay and crush the state.Aurelian|William Ware
This is shown in the beaten bronzes, thin plates of which were used to overlay wooden forms.History of Ancient Art|Franz von Reber
There is a disagreeable saline flavour that we cannot remove nor overlay.Mushroom Culture|W. Robinson
And Allard's gray eyes returned assent with an utter calm which overlay the surface of tragedy.The Game and the Candle|Eleanor M. Ingram
There was a deceptive balminess in the air that seemed merely to overlay a penetrating chilliness.Turn About Eleanor|Ethel M. Kelley