from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To lie over or on.
- transitive v. To suffocate (a baby, for example) by accidentally lying on top of it.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To lie over or upon
- v. To suffocate by lying upon; as, to overlie an infant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To lie over or upon; specifically, to suffocate by lying upon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lie over or upon; hence, to smother by lying upon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. kill by lying on
- v. lie upon; lie on top of
For example, surface drying of open tundra is restricted when non-transpiring mosses and lichens overlie the tundra.
Subsea relict permafrost is thought to contain or overlie large volumes of CH4 in the form of gas hydrates at depths of up to several hundred meters.
The ash hazard to aviation is not a rare possibility on a worldwide scale, given that many major air routes overlie the world's volcanically active regions.
Because the relative ordering of the named sedimentary strata is well known, and the same order is found all over the world, we can use igneous rocks that overlie or underlie sedimentary strata, or are embedded in them, to date those named sedimentary strata, and hence the fossils within them.
We're going to go to a sub-national provincial governors, potentially tribal chiefs in order to leave behind stability, and hopefully not overlie upon this corrupt, inept government there.
Dolomitic drift and meltwater deposits are characteristic and overlie limestone, calcareous shale, and dolomitic mudstone.
On shore, 5 m sand dunes and alluvial sands and gravels overlie relatively recent sedimentary, Tertiary clastic and PreCambrian crystalline rocks.
Tertiary rocks overlie other peneplains to form spectacular high altitude moors like the Thousand Acre Plateau.
The Gran Sabana uplands are gently rolling high plains, formed by sediments of the Roraima Formation, which overlie discordantly the rocks of the Guyana Shield.
These overlie a basement complex of Pre-Cambrian granitic igneous rocks.