overlying overlying  /ˌoʊ vər ˈlaɪ ɪŋ/


  1. (v) lie upon; lie on top of
  2. (v) kill by lying on
  3. (adj) placed on or over something else



  1. Cut marks on the skulls indicate that the overlying skin, muscles, nerves and blood vessels were removed, probably with an obsidian flake.
  2. In the process, the overlying nerve bundles are usually frozen too, leaving more than 60% of patients impotent.
  3. Chief villain was the overlying flap of material originally designed to camouflage, but ultimately destined to sabotage the zipper by slipping, snarling and snagging.


  • Boulders posed as barrier for pipeline

    Picture a line of boulders, up to 4 feet in diameter, against a 50-foot-wide dirt right of way overlying an underground natural gas pipeline. Also picture fences, timber debris, signs and pipe barriers along the route.
    on June 24, 2013     Source: Arizona Daily Star


  1. "Considering the current income level of Chinese citizens, the significant rich-poor gap, overlying emphasizing the big budgets is inhumane," Jia said.
    on Dec 10, 2006 By: Jia Zhangke Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. But the new developments, Seaga said, will only partially address the "overlying national problem of social disintegration" and not the bigger problems in the dysfunctional education and criminal justice systems which he said are results of the...
    on Dec 31, 2004 By: Edward Seaga Source: Jamaica Observer

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