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overlayverb [T often passive]

uk   /ˌəʊ.vəˈleɪ/  us   /ˌoʊ.vɚ-/ (overlaid, overlaid)
to ​cover something with a ​layer of something: The ​tinycarvings were overlaid withsilver.be overlaid with sth literary Something that is overlaid with something has a ​particularqualityadded to it that ​influencesitscharacter: Her new ​novel is overlaid withpoliticalconcerns.

overlaynoun [C]

uk   /ˈəʊ.və.leɪ/  us   /ˈoʊ.vɚ-/
(Definition of overlay from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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overlayverb [T]

uk   us   /ˌəʊvəˈleɪ/ (overlaying, overlaid, overlaid)
to ​cover something with a ​layer of something else: Sticky ​tracingpaper overlaid on street ​mapsletstravelerschart their ​course again and again.overlay sth with sth By ​mapping the entire ​retaillandscape and overlaying it with ​demographicinformation, the ​company is able to ​isolate store-by-store ​effects of ​television ad ​campaigns.
to ​addinformation, ​data, ​ideas, etc. to existing ​information: A ​computermodel overlaid ​information about age, ​workexperience, and ​educationalattainment.

overlaynoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈəʊvəleɪ/
something such as a ​transparentlayer or ​image that can be put over something else, for ​example to ​addinformation or show a ​relationship between two things: The ​printer is also able to ​add a ​watermark or overlay.
information, ​data, ​ideas, etc. that are ​added to existing ​information: The ​phonecodes could be ​changed completely, or by an overlay that ​adds a second ​areacode.
(Definition of overlay from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “overlay”
in Chinese (Simplified) 在…上铺(或盖、涂)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 在…上鋪(或蓋、塗)…
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