from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To imprint over with something more, especially to print over with another color.
  • noun A mark or impression made by overprinting.
  • noun A mark or words printed over a postage stamp to note a change in use or a special occasion.
  • noun A stamp so marked.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An offprint.
  • In photography, to print (a positive) much darker than it will be when finished.
  • In calico-printing, to print one color over another, as the printing of indigo patterns on cloth previously dyed turkey red.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun philately The addition of new text on a previously printed stamp, usually to add a surcharge or change the face value.
  • verb To add an overprint.
  • verb printing To overlap different colours to avoid gaps.

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

  • verb print (additional text or colors) onto an already imprinted paper
  • noun something added by overprinting


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

over- +‎ print



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  • Any printing over the original completed design of a stamp. An overprint that changes the value of a stamp is also called a surcharge.

    August 27, 2008