O·ver·lay v. t. [imp. & p. p. Overlaid p. pr. & vb. n. Overlaying.]
1. To lay, or spread, something over or across; hence, to cover; to overwhelm; to press excessively upon.
When any country is overlaid by the multitude which live upon it. --Sir W. Raleigh.
As when a cloud his beams doth overlay. --Spenser.
Framed of cedar overlaid with gold. --Milton.
With this portentous bridge the dark abyss. --Milton.
3. To smother with a close covering, or by lying upon.
This woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid it. --1 Kings iii. 19.
A heap of ashes that o'erlays your fire. --Dryden.
4. Printing To put an overlay on.
n : 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 [syn: sheathing, overlayer]
v 1: put something on top of something else; "cover the meat with
a lot of gravy" [syn: cover]
2: kill by lying on; "The sow overlay her piglets" [syn: overlie]