- to lie over or upon, as a covering or stratum.
- to smother (an infant) by lying upon it, as in sleep.
Origin of overlie
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Examples from the Web for overlie
Usually they enfeeble the sympathies, and often overlie and smother them.Imaginary Conversations and Poems
Walter Savage Landor
The rocks that overlie the coal measures contain fossils of these gigantic animals.Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know
Julia Ellen Rogers
Thick Tertiary deposits, probably Miocene, overlie the middle portions of the west coast.
These mountains are believed to overlie vast store of subterranean wealth in the form of petroleum.Unexplored Spain
The feathers which overlie the whole body and bear the color pattern are called contour-feathers.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition
Vernon L. Kellogg
- to lie or rest uponCompare overlay
- to kill (a baby or newborn animal) by lying upon it
Word Origin and History for overlie
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