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[adj. oh-ver-kast, -kahst, oh-ver-kast, -kahst; v. oh-ver-kast, -kahst, oh-ver-kast, -kahst; n. oh-ver-kast, -kahst] /adj. ˈoʊ vərˈkæst, -ˈkɑst, ˈoʊ vərˌkæst, -ˌkɑst; v. ˌoʊ vərˈkæst, -ˈkɑst, ˈoʊ vərˌkæst, -ˌkɑst; n. ˈoʊ vərˌkæst, -ˌkɑst/
adjective
1.
overspread or covered with clouds; cloudy:
an overcast day.
2.
Meteorology. (of the sky) more than 95 percent covered by clouds.
3.
dark; gloomy.
4.
Sewing. sewn by overcasting.
verb (used with object), overcast, overcasting.
5.
to overcloud, darken, or make gloomy:
Ominous clouds began to overcast the sky.
6.
to sew with stitches passing successively over an edge, especially long stitches set at intervals to prevent raveling.
verb (used without object), overcast, overcasting.
7.
to become cloudy or dark:
By noon it had begun to overcast.
noun
8.
Meteorology. the condition of the sky when more than 95 percent covered by clouds.
9.
Mining. a crossing of two passages, as airways, dug at the same level, in which one rises to pass over the other without opening into it.
Compare undercast (def 1).
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English (v.); see over-, cast
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Examples from the web for overcast
  • The day was overcast, meaning no shadows and near-perfect light.
  • Wiens swept an antenna through the forest, weaving it in and out of snarled branches below overcast skies.
  • And on this particular overcast night, with rain dropping from a mossy sky, it's tough to see a thing.
  • Some were kept in cages lit constantly, so as to resemble a never-ending overcast day.
  • The low overcast created a really bright sky, lit by the city lights coming up from below.
  • Excess energy is stored in batteries to keep it afloat even on overcast days.
  • Our days were not much better, with overcast skies that made it even difficult to read indoors.
  • The overcast is too dark to light the subject at that distance.
  • It was a slightly overcast morning, but the flight started out smoothly enough.
  • We fly for six hours, as the overcast overtakes the sun.
British Dictionary definitions for overcast

overcast

adjective (ˈəʊvəˌkɑːst)
1.
covered over or obscured, esp by clouds
2.
(meteorol) (of the sky) more than 95 per cent cloud-covered
3.
gloomy or melancholy
4.
sewn over by overcasting
verb (ˌəʊvəˈkɑːst)
5.
to make or become overclouded or gloomy
6.
to sew (an edge, as of a hem) with long stitches passing successively over the edge
noun (ˈəʊvəˌkɑːst)
7.
a covering, as of clouds or mist
8.
(meteorol) the state of the sky when more than 95 per cent of it is cloud-covered
9.
(mining) a crossing of two passages without an intersection
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Word Origin and History for overcast
adj.

c.1300, of weather, past participle adjective from verb overcast (early 13c.), "to overthrow," also "to cover, to overspread" as with a garment, usually of weather, from over- + cast (v.).

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