overspread
transitive verb (-spread; -spreading) Date: before 12th century to spread over or above • overspread noun

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  • Overspread — O ver*spread , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Overspread}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Overspreading}.] [AS. oferspr[=ae]dan.] To spread over; to cover; as, the deluge overspread the earth. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Those nations of the North Which overspread the world …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Overspread — O ver*spread , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Overspread}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Overspreading}.] [AS. oferspr[=ae]dan.] To spread over; to cover; as, the deluge overspread the earth. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Those nations of the North Which overspread the world …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • overspread — (v.) c.1200, to spread throughout, from OVER (Cf. over) + SPREAD (Cf. spread) (v.). Related: Overspread (p.t.); overspreading …   Etymology dictionary

  • overspread — [ō΄vər spred′] vt. overspread, overspreading to spread over; cover the surface of …   English World dictionary

  • Overspread — O ver*spread , v. i. To be spread or scattered over. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • overspread — index diffuse, dissipate (spread out), inundate, overlap, penetrate, permeate, pervade, radiate …   Law dictionary

  • overspread — vb *cover, envelop, wrap, shroud, veil Analogous words: *hide, conceal, screen: cloak, mask, *disguise, camouflage …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • overspread — /oh veuhr spred /, v.t., overspread, overspreading. to spread or diffuse over: A blush of embarrassment overspread his face. [bef. 1000; ME overspreden, OE oferspraedan. See OVER , SPREAD] * * * …   Universalium

  • overspread — v.tr. (past and past part. spread) 1 become spread or diffused over. 2 cover or occupy the surface of. 3 (as overspread adj.) (usu. foll. by with) covered (high mountains overspread with trees). Etymology: OE oferspraeligdan (as OVER , SPREAD) …   Useful english dictionary

  • overspread — verb /əʊvəˈspɹɛd/ To spread over or across (something); to permeate, overrun. Deliberately, and with a peculiar quivering smile, that seemed to overspread her whole body, she put her mouth on his …   Wiktionary

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