(noun, verb)


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

Similar word(s): overlayer, sheathing

Definition categories: man–made, protection

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

Definition categories: man–made, decoration, ornament, ornamentation, bed, layer


1. put something on top of something else

- cover the meat with a lot of gravy

Similar word(s): cover

Definition categories: contact

2. kill by lying on

- The sow overlay her piglets

Similar word(s): overlie

Definition categories: contact, kill