American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To spread or extend over the surface of: Dark clouds are overspreading the sky.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To spread over; cover over.
- To be scattered over.
- To be spread or scattered about.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To spread over; to cover.
- v. To be spread or scattered over.
- v. spread across or over
- Old English ofersprǣdan, corresponding to over- + spread. (Wiktionary)
“Rain, sometimes quite heavy (especially from DC and to the east), will again overspread the metro region over the next several hours.”
“Oh, mother, I never once dreamed of such presumption as to think of – of" – The youth paused and a deep blush again overspread his face.”
“Gaul was again overspread with woods; and the animals, who were reserved for the use or pleasure of the lord, might ravage with impunity the fields of his industrious vassals.”
“Miss Massereene, I know," she smiles, looking at her, and letting a pleased expression overspread her features as she does so.”
“The monk's pale face became livid, and a smile of so strange an expression overspread it, that Raoul, whose eyes were fixed upon him, felt an involuntary and unaccountable uneasiness.”
“Whenever she regarded it, the same intense and set expression overspread her countenance as that which at first had alarmed me.”
“Guess we're in time for the big show all right," Buddie quietly remarked; and from that moment an expression overspread his countenance and a note crept into his voice I had not noticed there before.”
“Howat saw a curious expression overspread the other's countenance.”
“Gustav looked as if he were going to throw himself into the battle again, and a sullen expression overspread his face; but then he began to sway like a tree chopped at the roots, and sank to the ground.”
“As he did so, a serious expression overspread his face, and he remained a minute or two lost in deep thought.”
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