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Meaning & Definition of Overlay in English

English

Overlay

/oʊvərle/

noun

1. Protective covering consisting, for example, of a layer of boards applied to the studs and joists of a building to strengthen it and serve as a foundation for a weatherproof exterior

    synonym:
  • sheathing
  • ,
  • overlay
  • ,
  • overlayer

2. A layer of decorative material (such as gold leaf or wood veneer) applied over a surface

    synonym:
  • overlay

verb

1. Put something on top of something else

  • "Cover the meat with a lot of gravy"
    synonym:
  • overlay
  • ,
  • cover

2. Kill by lying on

  • "The sow overlay her piglets"
    synonym:
  • overlie
  • ,
  • overlay