[ soo-per-im-pohzd ]
See synonyms for superimposed on
  1. being or relating to something that is placed over something else, usually characterized by some degree of transparency so that both the background and foreground objects are visible: The title credits appeared over the dusky opening scene in superimposed white text.

  2. Geology. (of a stream or drainage system) having a course not adjusted to the structure of the rocks presently undergoing erosion but determined instead by a prior erosion cycle or by formerly overlying rocks or sediments.

  1. Botany. (of a plant part) growing one over another, but separately, as in layers: The superimposed whorls of petals give these begonia blossoms a roselike appearance.

  1. the simple past tense and past participle of superimpose.

Origin of superimposed

First recorded in 1795–1805; superimpose + -ed2

Words Nearby superimposed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use superimposed in a sentence

  • They lie either singly or superimposed to form more or less irregular clusters (Fig. 36).

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
  • At the southern angle of the block, he found a mass of superimposed rocks, probably fragments of the fallen summit.

    Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
  • The building has a stone vault, the flat mud roof of the country being superimposed as an outer covering.

    The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram
  • It was a "communistic despotism," a community with a despot and a ruling class superimposed upon its socialism.

    South American Fights and Fighters | Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • The abacus superimposed might be on a very thin, little more than formal, as at b; but on c must be thick, as at d.