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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.
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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
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Examples from the Web for superimposition

Historical Examples

  • Not that the idea of the Byzantine superimposition was taken from trees, any more than that of Gothic arches.

    The Stones of Venice, Volume II (of 3),

    John Ruskin

  • There is another element besides direction, viz.: superimposition, a determination of which is essential to truth.

    The Philosophy of the Weather

    Thomas Belden Butler

  • The methods of marshalling are dimidiation, impalement, quartering, superimposition.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry

    Arthur Charles Fox-Davies

  • In the superimposition of age upon age of human history, Arles and Rome are far more surprising.

  • That by superimposition we have to understand the notion of something in some other thing we have already explained.

British Dictionary definitions for superimposition


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



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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