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overcasting

[oh-ver-kas-ting, -kah-sting] /ˈoʊ vərˌkæs tɪŋ, -ˌkɑ stɪŋ/
noun, Sewing.
1.
the act of sewing along the edges of material with long, spaced stitches to prevent raveling.
2.
the stitch used to overcast.
Origin of overcasting
1880-1885
1880-85; overcast + -ing1

overcast

[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; Middle English (v.); see over-, cast
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Examples from the Web for overcasting
Historical Examples
  • Sides, generally a selvage of two or three cords, but occasionally an overcasting.

    Oriental Rugs Walter A. Hawley
  • The overcasting stitch is used on edges to prevent raveling.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • The bottom edge of the waist may be finished by overcasting.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • It was as if a shadow were overcasting the bright joy of her home-coming.

    The Rosie World Parker Fillmore
  • When such is the case, removing the stitches and overcasting with more care will remove the defect.

    Oriental Rugs Walter A. Hawley
  • Nearly all books should be sewed with some modern method of overcasting.

    Library Bookbinding Arthur Low Bailey
  • With all the power of light from the clouds, there was an overcasting of the gloom of evening, a twilight upon the hills.

  • Sew on with overcasting stitch, taking two stitches in same hole.

    Make Your Own Hats Gene Allen Martin
  • In overcasting or whipstitching do not take up more than one-eighth of an inch for the deepest stitches.

  • In overcasting, as in old-fashioned whipstitching, the sewer selects a certain number of sheets for sewing.

    Library Bookbinding Arthur Low Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for overcasting

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 overcasting

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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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