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

Origin of superimposed

First recorded in 1795–1805; superimpose + -ed2


verb (used with object), su·per·im·posed, su·per·im·pos·ing.
  1. to impose, place, or set over, above, or on something else.
  2. to put or join as an addition (usually followed by on or upon).
  3. Movies, Television. to print (an image) over another image so that both are seen at once: The credits were superimposed over the opening scene.

Origin of superimpose

First recorded in 1785–95; super- + impose
Related formssu·per·im·po·si·tion [soo-per-im-puh-zish-uh n] /ˌsu pərˌɪm pəˈzɪʃ ən/, nounsu·per·im·pos·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for superimposed

cover, overlap

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verb (tr)
  1. to set or place on or over something else
  2. (usually foll by on or upon) to add (to)
Derived Formssuperimposition, noun
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Word Origin and History for superimposed



1794, from superimposition (1680s), from Latin superimponere from super- (see super-) + imponere "to place upon," from in- "into" + poser "put, place" (see pose (v.1)). Related: Superimposed; superimposing.

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