present participle of overlie.
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verb (used with object), overlay, overlain, overlying.
to lie over or upon, as a covering or stratum.
to smother (an infant) by lying upon it, as in sleep.

1125–75; Middle English overlien, overliggen. See over-, lie2

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overlie (ˌəʊvəˈlaɪ)
vb , -lies, -lying, -lay, -lain
1.  Compare overlay to lie or rest upon
2.  to kill (a baby or newborn animal) by lying upon it

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Example sentences
Extraction proceeds by drilling through the overlying sedimentary rock into the
The resulting reduction in pressure in the rift allows magma to be forced
  upward by the weight of the overlying crust and mantle.
The pressure changes deform the overlying rocks, possibly jarring certain
  faults into action.
Kilometres of overlying water make it harder to see what would be lost in the
  deep sea.
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