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  • Overlie — O ver*lie , v. t. [imp. {Overlay}; p. p. {Overlain}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Overlying}.] To lie over or upon; specifically, to suffocate by lying upon; as, to overlie an infant. Quain. [1913 Webster] A woman by negligence overlieth her child in her… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • overlie — index overlap Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • overlie — ► VERB (overlying; past overlay; past part. overlain) ▪ lie on top of …   English terms dictionary

  • overlie — [ō΄vər lī′] vt. overlay, overlain, overlying 1. to lie on or over 2. to stifle or smother by lying on …   English World dictionary

  • overlie — overlay, overlie 1. The addition of the prefix over makes both verbs transitive (i.e. take an object) and therefore they do not entirely correspond to the grammatical functions of lay and lie. The past tense and past participle of overlay is… …   Modern English usage

  • overlie — verb /ˌoʊvɚˈlaɪ/ a) To lie over or upon b) To suffocate by lying upon; as, to overlie an infant …   Wiktionary

  • overlie — transitive verb (overlay; overlain; overlying) Date: 13th century 1. to lie over or upon 2. to cause the death of by lying upon …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • overlie — /oh veuhr luy /, v.t., overlay, overlain, overlying. 1. to lie over or upon, as a covering or stratum. 2. to smother (an infant) by lying upon it, as in sleep. [1125 75; ME overlien, overliggen. See OVER , LIE2] * * * …   Universalium

  • overlie — over·lie .ō vər lī vt, lay lā; lain lān; ly·ing lī iŋ to cause the death of by lying upon …   Medical dictionary

  • overlie — Synonyms and related words: arch over, bestraddle, bestride, bridge, extend over, hang over, imbricate, jut, lap, lap over, lie over, overarch, overhang, overlap, override, ride, shingle, span …   Moby Thesaurus

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