verb (used with object), o·ver·lay, o·ver·lain, o·ver·ly·ing.
Origin of overlie
Examples from the Web for overlie
The pineal process grows forwards so as to overlie the parapineal process.
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
But I reckoned without those superficial beach jealousies which overlie the essential solidarity of the fishermen.A Poor Man's House|Stephen Sydney Reynolds
The nodules of clay-ironstone in the strata that overlie the limestone were mined and smelted down to 1750.
The feathers which overlie the whole body and bear the color pattern are called contour-feathers.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition|Vernon L. Kellogg
verb -lies, -lying, -lay or -lain (tr)
late 12c., from over- + lie (v.2), or from an unrecorded Old English *oferlicgan. "In use from 12th to 16th c.; in 17-18th displaced by overlay; reintroduced in 19th c., chiefly in geological use." [OED]. Related: Overlay; overlain.