(noun, verb)


1. a representation of common ground between theories or phenomena

- there was no overlap between their proposals

Similar word(s): convergence, intersection

Definition categories: thought, representation

2. the property of partial coincidence in time

Definition categories: attribute, coincidence, concurrence, conjunction

3. a flap that lies over another part

Similar word(s): lap

Definition categories: man–made, flap


1. coincide partially or wholly

- Our vacations overlap

Definition categories: stative, coincide, cooccur

2. extend over and cover a part of

- The roofs of the houses overlap in this crowded city

Definition categories: stative, continue, cover, extend

Sentences with overlap as a verb:

- the mousemat overlapped the edge of the desk

- The two maps overlapped at the east and west edges

- The set (all men) overlaps the set (vegetarians)