verb (used with object), o·ver·lay, o·ver·lain, o·ver·ly·ing.
Origin of overlie
Examples from the Web for overlying
If, however, it be normal, the gauze plug already placed between the sinus wall and the overlying bone is left undisturbed.
Overlying this are beds of marl, loam, and surface soil, comprising in all a depth of fourteen feet.The Prehistoric World|E. A. Allen
Sufficient removal of overlying material by erosion has revealed many fine examples of this type of occurrence.Geology|William J. Miller
These beds merge gradually into the overlying Portlandian formation.
The words reached down through the overlying structure of thought and habit.
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.