Last modified on 3 April 2015, at 01:32

overspread

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English overspreden, from Old English ofersprǣdan, corresponding to over- +‎ spread. Cognate with Dutch overspreiden (to overspread), German überspreiten (to overspread).

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

overspread (third-person singular simple present overspreads, present participle overspreading, simple past and past participle overspread)

  1. (transitive) To spread over or across (something); cover over; be scattered over; permeate, overrun.
    • Drayton
      those nations of the North which overspread the world
    • 1913, DH Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, Penguin 2006, p. 289:
      Deliberately, and with a peculiar quivering smile, that seemed to overspread her whole body, she put her mouth on his.
  2. (intransitive) To be spread or scattered about.