[ soo-per-pohz ]
/ ˌsu pərˈpoʊz /

verb (used with object), su·per·posed, su·per·pos·ing.

to place above or upon something else, or one upon another.
Geometry. to place (one figure) in the space occupied by another, so that the two figures coincide throughout their whole extent.

Origin of superpose

From the French word superposer, dating back to 1815–25. See super-, pose1

Related forms

su·per·pos·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for superpose


/ (ˌsuːpəˈpəʊz) /

verb (tr)

geometry to transpose (the coordinates of one geometric figure) to coincide with those of another
a rare word for superimpose (def. 1)

Derived Forms

superposable, adjective

Word Origin for superpose

C19: from French superposer, from Latin superpōnere, from super- + pōnere to place
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