to lie over or upon, as a covering or stratum.
to smother (an infant) by lying on them, as in sleep.
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How to use overlie in a sentence
When enough vapor accumulates and the pressure becomes high enough to match or overcome the weight of the overlying frost, the vapor could burst out at velocities over 70 kilometers per hour.Lava and frost may form the mysterious lumps on Jupiter’s moon Io | Nikk Ogasa | May 3, 2022 | Science News
As the tectonic plate overlying the plume moves, a chain of volcanoes forms over time.Many volcanic islands have surprisingly cool origins | Kate Baggaley | January 7, 2022 | Popular-Science
Material that hot is more than warm enough to rise to Earth’s surface, chew through overlying crust and create prodigious volcanic activity.Some volcanic hot spots may have a surprisingly shallow heat source | Sid Perkins | January 6, 2022 | Science News
For instance, after overlying glaciers have melted, volcanoes in Iceland have shown an uptick in eruptions.Greece’s Santorini volcano erupts more when the sea level drops | Maria Temming | August 24, 2021 | Science News For Students
Volcanoes in Iceland, for instance, have shown an uptick in eruptions after overlying glaciers have melted, relieving the volcanic systems of the weight of the ice.Greece’s Santorini volcano erupts more often when sea level drops | Maria Temming | August 2, 2021 | Science News
Marls and limestones with fossils of an Eocene facies overlie the Cretaceous rocks on the Gabun.
It also drains regions of the glacial drift and beds which overlie overturned Miocene strata, and are sometimes mixed with them.The Diatomaceae of Philadelphia and Vicinity | Charles Sumner Boyer
This was a satire upon shams, conventions, the disguises which overlie the most spiritual realities of the soul.From Chaucer to Tennyson | Henry A. Beers
Also a pair of elements which overlie the position of the external occipital joint.A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2) | David Starr Jordan
These overlie the bony scutes of armadillos and occur covering the tail in several groups of mammals, such as beavers and rats.The Vertebrate Skeleton | Sidney H. Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for overlie
to lie or rest upon: Compare overlay
to kill (a baby or newborn animal) by lying upon it
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