from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Covered or obscured, as with clouds or mist.
  • adj. Clouded over.
  • adj. Gloomy; melancholy.
  • adj. Sewn with long, overlying stitches in order to prevent raveling, as the raw edges of fabric.
  • n. A covering, as of mist or clouds.
  • n. An arch or support for a passage over another passage in a mine.
  • n. A cast made in fishing that falls beyond the point intended.
  • n. An overcast stitch or seam.
  • transitive v. To make cloudy or gloomy.
  • transitive v. To cast beyond (the intended point) with a fishing rod.
  • transitive v. To sew with long, overlying stitches.
  • intransitive v. To become cloudy or gloomy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An outcast.
  • n. A cloud covering all of the sky.
  • adj. Covered with clouds; overshadowed; darkened.
  • adj. The sky is said to be overcast, when it is more than 90% covered by clouds.
  • adj. In a state of depression; gloomy; melancholy.
  • v. To overthrow.
  • v. To cover with cloud; to overshadow; to darken.
  • v. To make gloomy; to depress.
  • v. To be or become cloudy.
  • v. To transform.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Completely or almost completely covered over with clouds; -- of the sky.
  • adj. Sewn by overcasting.
  • transitive v. To cast or cover over; hence, to cloud; to darken.
  • transitive v. To compute or rate too high.
  • transitive v. To take long, loose stitches over (the raw edges of a seam) to prevent raveling.
  • transitive v. To fasten, as single sheets, by overcast stitching or by folding one edge over another.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To throw over or across.
  • To cover; overspread.
  • To cloud; darken; cover with gloom.
  • To cover with skin, as a wound; hence, to have (a wound) healed.
  • To cast or compute at too high a rate; rate too high.
  • In sewing, to fasten by stitching roughly through and over two edges of a fabric. Also overseam.
  • To become cloudy or dull; become dark or gloomy.
  • In geology, cast or thrust beyond a normal position, as in a thrust-fault or overturned fold.
  • n. In mining, an air-duct or passage which crosses above another passage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make overcast or cloudy
  • v. sew with an overcast stitch from one section to the next
  • v. sew over the edge of with long slanting wide stitches
  • n. gloomy semidarkness caused by cloud cover
  • n. a long whipstitch or overhand stitch overlying an edge to prevent raveling
  • n. a cast that falls beyond the intended spot
  • adj. filled or abounding with clouds
  • n. the state of the sky when it is covered by clouds


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