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 overlaying
Contemporary Examples of overlaying
Now, overlaying it all is the glass and concrete jungle of the Olympic era.Sochi’s Internal Refugees
February 8, 2014
Historical Examples of overlaying
The overlaying of silver by antimony is their particular craft.In Mesopotamia
Veneering may therefore be comprehensively described as overlaying or inlaying one body with portions of another.Chats on Old Clocks
It would be explained by the Phnician overlaying of wood-work with beaten bronze, or, to speak more correctly, with copper.
Dipoinos and Skyllis still only in part covered the carved core of wood, and restricted this overlaying to ivory.
It is composed of a black vegetable mould of a foot to two feet in depth, overlaying a hard yellow clay.Handbook to the new Gold-fields
R. M. Ballantyne
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).