overlay (overlays, present participle overlaying; past and past participle overlaid)
- (transitive) To lay, spread, or apply something over or across; cover.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book X ↗”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗, lines 1140–1141:
- By his preſcript a Sanctuary is fram'd
Of Cedar, overlaid with Gold,
- To overwhelm; to press excessively upon.
- when any country is overlaid by the multitude which live upon it
- (transitive, now rare, archaic) To lie over (someone, especially a child) in order to smother it; to suffocate. [from 14th c.]
- a heap of ashes that o'erlays your fire
- 1993, Pat Barker, The Eye in the Door, Penguin 2014 (The Regeneration Trilogy), p. 371:
- Prostitutes, thieves, girls who ‘overlaid’ their babies, abortionists who stuck their knitting needles into something vital – did they really need to be here?
- (transitive, printing) To put an overlay#Noun|overlay on.
overlay (plural overlays)
- (printing) A piece of paper pasted upon the tympan sheet to improve the impression by making it stronger at a particular place.
- (betting) Odds which are set higher than expected or warranted. Favorable odds.
- (horse racing) A horse going off at higher odds than it appears to warrant, based on its past performances.
- A decal attached to a computer keyboard to relabel the keys.
- (programming) A block of program code that is loaded over something previously loaded, so as to replace the functionality.
- (internet) A pop-up covering an existing part of the display.
- (Scotland) A cravat.
- simple past tense of overlie