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English noun: overlay

1. overlay (artifact) 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

Synonymsoverlayer, sheathing

Broader (hypernym)protection, protective cover, protective covering

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

Broader (hypernym)bed, decoration, layer, ornament, ornamentation

English verb: overlay

1. overlay (contact) put something on top of something else

SamplesCover the meat with a lot of gravy.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)splash

Verb groupcover

2. overlay (contact) kill by lying on

SamplesThe sow overlay her piglets.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)kill

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