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[soo-per-im-pohzd] /ˌsu pər ɪmˈpoʊzd/
adjective, Geology
(of a stream or drainage system) having a course not adjusted to the structure of the rocks presently undergoing erosion but determined rather by a prior erosion cycle or by formerly overlying rocks or sediments.
Origin of superimposed
1795-1805; superimpose + -ed2


[soo-per-im-pohz] /ˌsu pər ɪmˈpoʊz/
verb (used with object), superimposed, superimposing.
to impose, place, or set over, above, or on something else.
to put or join as an addition (usually followed by on or upon).
Movies, Television. to print (an image) over another image so that both are seen at once:
The credits were superimposed over the opening scene.
1785-95; super- + impose
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[soo-per-im-puh-zish-uh n] /ˌsu pərˌɪm pəˈzɪʃ ən/ (Show IPA),
superimposable, adjective Unabridged
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  • Besides this another superimposed interpretation of the same dream may be possible which has escaped him.
  • He then digitally superimposed a human skeleton over the beast's remains.
  • The ellipse superimposed on this image indicates the intended landing area.
  • The way they work is simple: two or more images are superimposed on each other and they switch back and forth on a timed loop.
  • The problem is that many of these are superimposed on towns, farms and natural parks.
  • In theory the two images could even be superimposed, he says.
  • The superimposed legal structure can change the way it looks.
  • superimposed, they multiply into a vertiginous and irresolvable world.
  • Our view of the galaxy shows the nearer stars superimposed on the ones that are further away.
  • It was as if an oscillation had been superimposed on the normal exponential decay curve.
British Dictionary definitions for superimposed


verb (transitive)
to set or place on or over something else
usually foll by on or upon. to add (to)
Derived Forms
superimposition, noun
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Word Origin and History for superimposed



1794, from superimposition (1680s), from Latin superimponere from super- (see super-) + imponere "to place upon," from in- "into" + poser "put, place" (see pose (v.1)). Related: Superimposed; superimposing.

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