The plaque honoring “la Nueve” speaks to how memory is often overlaid by the hedging of history.
The repressiveness of the Burmese junta is overlaid with mysticism that can often border on the bizarre.
The tower is square and looks ancient; but the whole is overlaid with plaster of a buff or pale yellow hue.
The trunks of the birch-trees, the slumbering leaves were overlaid with silver.
The tomb was protected by a vault of cedar wood, overlaid with gold and adorned with beautiful tapestry.
There was interest in his mind, overlaid with skepticism, of course, but interest all the same.
At Vanmater's, the metalliferous clay marl is overlaid by a grayish sedimentary limestone.
The sun and wind had overlaid the delicate bloom of her cheek with rose.
That pair of horns, for example, is overlaid with thin platinum from the San Bonetta mines.
The winter brownness of the ground was overlaid with a little shimmer of green.
"to cover the surface of (something)," c.1300, in part from Old English oferlecgan "to place over," also "to overburden," and in part from over- + lay (v.). There also was an overlie in Middle English, but it merged into this word. Similar compounds are found in other Germanic languages, e.g. Gothic ufarlagjan. Related: Overlaid; overlaying.
in the printing sense, 1824, from overlay (v.). Meaning "transparent sheet over a map, chart, etc." is from 1938. In earliest noun use it meant "a necktie" (1725).