overlap


overlap
o|ver|lap1 [ˌəuvəˈlæp US ˌouvər-] v past tense and past participle overlapped present participle overlapping [I and T]
1.) if two or more things overlap, part of one thing covers part of another thing
One of Jilly's front teeth overlaps the other.
The tiles on the roof overlap.
2.) if two subjects, ideas etc overlap, they include some but not all of the same things
Maxwell's responsibilities overlap yours, so you will be sharing some of the work.
overlap with
The study of sociology overlaps with the study of economics.
two great men with overlapping interests
3.) if two activities or periods of time overlap, the second one starts before the first one has finished
The second phase of development overlaps the first.
overlap with
My vacation overlaps with yours.
overlap 2
o|ver|lap2 [ˈəuvəlæp US ˈouvər-] n [U and C]
the amount by which two activities, ideas, things etc overlap
overlap between
There is considerable overlap between the girls' and boys' test results.
overlap of
an overlap of about two centimetres
a large degree of overlap

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Overlap — O ver*lap , n. 1. The lapping of one thing over another; as, an overlap of six inches; an overlap of a slate on a roof. [1913 Webster] 2. (Geol.) An extension of geological beds above and beyond others, as in a conformable series of beds, when… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Overlap — O ver*lap , v. t. 1. To lay (one thing) over another; to lap. [1913 Webster] 2. To cover part of. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Overlap — O ver*lap , v. i. 1. To be arranged so that a part of one object laying over part of another; as, the boards overlapped at their ends. [PJC] 2. To have the ending time of one period or process extend beyond the beginning time of another period or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Overlap — Overlap. См. Перекрытие. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • overlap — I verb adjoin, cover, encroach, exceed, extend beyond, go beyond, imbricate, imminere, impendere, impinge, infringe, invade, lap over, lie over, make contact, overgrow, overhang, overlay, overlie, override, overrun, overspread, project, protrude …   Law dictionary

  • overlap — (v.) to partially extend over, 1726, OVER (Cf. over) + LAP (Cf. lap) (v.). Related: Overlapped; overlapping. The noun is attested from 1813 …   Etymology dictionary

  • overlap — [v] lie over something else extend along, flap, fold over, go beyond, imbricate, lap over, overhang, overlay, overlie, overrun, project, protrude, ride, run over, shingle; concept 759 Ant. divide, separate …   New thesaurus

  • overlap — ► VERB (overlapped, overlapping) 1) extend over so as to cover partly. 2) partly coincide. ► NOUN ▪ an overlapping part or amount …   English terms dictionary

  • overlap — [ō΄vər lap′; ] also, and for n.always [, ō′vər lap΄] vt., vi. overlapped, overlapping 1. to lap over; lie upon and extend beyond a part of (something or each other) 2. to extend over part of (a period of time, sphere of activity, etc.); coincide… …   English World dictionary