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[oh-ver-leyd] /ˌoʊ vərˈleɪd/
verb
1.
simple past tense and past participle of overlay1 .

overlay1

[v. oh-ver-ley; n. oh-ver-ley] /v. ˌoʊ vərˈleɪ; n. ˈoʊ vərˌleɪ/
verb (used with object), overlaid, overlaying.
1.
to lay or place (one thing) over or upon another.
2.
to cover, overspread, or surmount with something.
3.
to finish with a layer or applied decoration of something:
wood richly overlaid with gold.
4.
Printing. to put an overlay upon.
noun
5.
something laid over something else; covering.
6.
a layer or decoration of something applied:
an overlay of gold.
7.
Printing.
  1. a shaped piece of paper, or a sheet of paper reinforced at the proper places by shaped pieces, put on the tympan of a press to increase or equalize the impression.
  2. a method of preparing copy for multicolor printing, in which matter for each color is prepared on a transparent sheet that is placed over a key plate, usually the one to be printed in black.
  3. the sheet or sheets so prepared.
8.
a sheet of transparent paper placed over a photograph, a dummy, or other artwork for noting corrections, instructions, mechanical separations, etc.
9.
Computers. software or data in external storage and brought into main storage for execution by replacing or augmenting software or data already there.
10.
a transparent sheet giving special military information not ordinarily shown on maps, used by being placed over the map on which it is based.
11.
a decorative piece of leather or other material stitched on a shoe.
12.
Scot. a cravat.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see over-, lay1

overlay2

[oh-ver-ley] /ˌoʊ vərˈleɪ/
verb
1.
simple past tense of overlie.
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Examples for overlaid
  • Cut pages are overlaid with vellum to create festive optical illusions.
  • Thin-film cells are overlaid with a layer of semiconductor material which is only a few microns thick.
  • See if you can purchase one for your camera that has a grid overlaid on it.
  • For example, one map features water, sanitation and hygiene projects which is overlaid with data on the cholera outbreak.
  • Bathymetric charts overlaid on top of a satellite photo of the island.
  • The combined first and second trip echoes are called overlaid or range folded echoes.
  • It was overlaid and opened to traffic several days later to allow faster changing of traffic control on a multi-lane interstate.
British Dictionary definitions for overlaid

overlay

verb (transitive) (ˌəʊvəˈleɪ) -lays, -laying, -laid
1.
to lay or place something over or upon (something else)
2.
(often foll by with) to cover, overspread, or conceal (with)
3.
(foll by with) to cover (a surface) with an applied decoration ebony overlaid with silver
4.
to achieve the correct printing pressure all over (a forme or plate) by adding to the appropriate areas of the packing
noun (ˈəʊvəˌleɪ)
5.
something that is laid over something else; covering
6.
an applied decoration or layer, as of gold leaf
7.
a transparent sheet giving extra details to a map or diagram over which it is designed to be placed
8.
(printing) material, such as paper, used to overlay a forme or plate
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Word Origin and History for overlaid

overlay

v.

"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.

n.

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).

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