overlying

[ oh-ver-lahy-ing ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈlaɪ ɪŋ /

verb

present participle of overlie.

Nearby words

  1. overlong,
  2. overlook,
  3. overlooker,
  4. overlord,
  5. overly,
  6. overman,
  7. overmanned,
  8. overmanning,
  9. overmantel,
  10. overmaster

overlie

[ oh-ver-lahy ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈlaɪ /

verb (used with object), o·ver·lay, o·ver·lain, o·ver·ly·ing.

to lie over or upon, as a covering or stratum.
to smother (an infant) by lying upon it, as in sleep.

Origin of overlie

First recorded in 1125–75, overlie is from the Middle English word overlien, overliggen. See over-, lie2

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British Dictionary definitions for overlying

overlie

/ (ˌəʊvəˈlaɪ) /

verb -lies, -lying, -lay or -lain (tr)

to lie or rest uponCompare overlay
to kill (a baby or newborn animal) by lying upon it
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Word Origin and History for overlying

overlie

v.

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.

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