overlay

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EtymologyEdit

over- +‎ lay (compare overlie)

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overlay (third-person singular simple present overlays, present participle overlaying, simple past and past participle overlaid or overlayed)

  1. (transitive) To lay, or spread, something over or across; to cover.
    • Spenser
      as when a cloud his beams doth overlay
    • Milton
      framed of cedar overlaid with gold
  2. To overwhelm; to press excessively upon.
    • Sir Walter Raleigh
      when any country is overlaid by the multitude which live upon it
  3. (transitive) To smother with a close covering, or by lying upon.
    • Bible, 1 Kings iii. 19
      This woman's child died in the night, because she overlaid it.
    • Dryden
      a heap of ashes that o'erlays your fire
  4. (transitive, printing) To put an overlay on.

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overlay (plural overlays)

  1. (printing) A piece of paper pasted upon the tympan sheet to improve the impression by making it stronger at a particular place.
  2. (gambling) Odds which are set higher than expected or warranted. Favorable odds.
  3. (horse racing) A horse going off at higher odds than it appears to warrant, based on its past performances.
  4. A decal attached to a computer keyboard to relabel the keys.
    • 1994, Roger Frost, The IT in Secondary Science Book (page 56)
      The keyboard overlay can be a memory jogger and a great help with spelling. In this way the keyboard makes word processing more accessible to younger as well as special needs children.

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