Definition of overlap in English:



[with object]
Pronunciation /əʊvəˈlap/
  • 1Extend over so as to cover partly.

    ‘the canopy overlaps the house roof at one end’
    no object ‘the curtains overlap at the centre when closed’
    • ‘During roasting, if turkey overlaps the pan rim, tuck a strip of heavy-duty foil along the sides of the pan to keep fat from dripping over.’
    • ‘In Esperanto, the red, attenuated arms of a Greek cross at the center of the composition are partly overlapped by framing bars of dark and light green, which are themselves surrounded by a field of yellow.’
    • ‘Patch boundaries overlapped each other, and many contained older or younger aged patches within their boundaries.’
    • ‘The intervening age overlaps the boundary and is inferred to lie on a mixing line between the older and younger ages.’
    • ‘The grass overlapped the curb, and covered the dry plants.’
    • ‘Right now the only things left are redoing the ‘about’ page and that the white part of the page sometimes overlaps the stuff on the right.’
    • ‘My index finger now only overlaps my middle finger a bit, but I can't bend it at all.’
    • ‘It is partly overlapped by three pink medium-size silkscreen images of a statue of Victory on top of a column.’
    • ‘Patches should always be large enough to cover the damage and overlap any adjacent wood framing.’
    • ‘This helps one gain an overview of the historical and theological macro-context, which overlaps the single urban center.’
    • ‘The truth is that the respective catchment areas of the three airports overlap to a vast extent.’
    • ‘The fish's body is covered with scales that overlap each other like the shingles on the roof of a house.’
    • ‘Data from four plots were omitted from the analyses after a territorial boundary narrowly overlapped the southeastern corner of the unoccupied zone in 1994.’
    • ‘If you will be using cut pieces of granite for the front edge of the counter as well, they are installed first, allowing the countertop tiles to overlap them and cover the cut edge.’
    • ‘Select some pretty paper scraps, and overlap them on the book's cover.’
    • ‘An ideal location would be where the core slightly overlaps the scaled area.’
    • ‘The physical regions of the country overlap both national boundaries and cultural regions.’
    • ‘As an alternative to backstitching, begin the stitching right at the dots and leave thread tails to tie off; overlap the stitching where it meets at the center back.’
    • ‘She folded the ends over slightly so they wouldn't overlap her head and tucked the parts of the blanket under her body snuggly.’
    • ‘The new writing in blue ink slightly overlapped my writing that was in pencil.’
    double, double over, double up, crease, turn under, turn up, turn over, bend, overlap
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    1. 1.1no object Cover part of the same area of interest, responsibility, etc.
      ‘the union's commitments overlapped with those of NATO’
      • ‘But, since Scots' social ideals overlapped with mainstream American norms, there was never much concern over cultural dislocation.’
      • ‘In the realm where the interest of specialists overlapped with that of a broader public, claims might be less guarded.’
      • ‘Much of the evidence on the contempt issue overlapped with evidence relating to custody and access, so that overall the combined trial resulted in an avoidance of duplicative procedures.’
      • ‘A second item was dropped because the content overlapped with the central questions of the study.’
      • ‘The Tribunal decided that to some extent this consideration overlapped with the last matter.’
      • ‘Robinson estimates that 25 percent of the readings of the international relations course she taught this past spring overlapped with that of her colleagues' courses.’
      • ‘They overlap in important ways, but it's a big mistake.’
      • ‘The author goes on to note that many aspects of Western civilisation overlapped with fascism.’
      • ‘Although the three conceptions overlap to some extent, they involve important differences of emphasis.’
      • ‘In particular, they found that measures of working memory, attentional capacity and inhibition overlapped with measures of executive function.’
      • ‘Indeed, even on some of the issues where the Left may have identified its cause, improvements were in evidence, especially where these issues overlapped with liberal ideas.’
      • ‘They understand, increasingly, that Cold War approaches do not serve their national interests and that Russian and American strategic interests overlap in many areas.’
      • ‘Additionally, individual dimensions have been shown to overlap to a high degree in adolescence.’
      spread, spread out, space, space out, time at intervals
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    2. 1.2no object Partly coincide in time.
      ‘two new series overlapped’
      • ‘Peter, am I remembering correctly that your time as a participant at the Jan van Eyck Akademie overlapped with Jan van Toorn's final year there?’
      • ‘That period overlaps with the breeding period for puffins at both colonies (mid-April through late August).’
      • ‘I realise the town has a successful rugby team but the season only overlaps for a short time.’
      • ‘The house of four girls also followed this pattern and two of their three months overlapped with two of the birthday months of my house.’
      • ‘The game's 7.30 am kick off, with the final whistle at 9.15 am, meant the game overlapped with the start of the school day.’


Pronunciation /ˈəʊvəlap/
  • 1A part or amount which overlaps.

    ‘an overlap of about half an inch’
    • ‘Turn the panel over, and fold over your overlaps while pulling the skin tight to avoid any bubbling.’
    • ‘Such overlap presumably occurs because of alternatively spliced transcripts from the same gene.’
    • ‘Finally, the amount of overlap occurring along any column in the design was to be translated into a particular color of tile.’
    • ‘This amount of sequence overlap of genes on the same strand has not been found in mtDNA genes to date.’
    • ‘This large amount of overlap drives the inference of isolation-by-distance for the overall cladogram.’
    • ‘There may or may not be an overlap or common space under the water.’
    • ‘Both clades show some overlap in their geographic distribution around the equator.’
    • ‘The amount of overlap was governed by successive decimal digits of pi.’
    • ‘Large diffusion coefficients or small growth rates reduce species overlap.’
    • ‘However, the amount of functional overlap between the two gene products is limited.’
    • ‘Areas of range overlap between pairs and among neighboring woodpeckers were measured.’
    • ‘Spatial overlap between distributions can suggest intermolecular relationships.’
    • ‘However, in the present study we were interested in core area overlap between the two species, rather than absolute home range size.’
    • ‘Leaving a greater overlap, I folded the CaseSkin right down into the groove that secures the sidepanel.’
    • ‘This comparison will allow you to have the same amount of overlap on every print.’
    • ‘By arranging themselves according to an angle determined by phi, the leaves can fill the spaces in the most efficient way possible, with the least amount of overlap.’
    • ‘When installing more than one width of geotextile, the amount of overlap must be correct.’
    • ‘Tackle the overlap using the cracks to the right before making a committing move to gain the small ledge above the overlap.’
    fold, overhang, covering
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    1. 1.1 A common area of interest, responsibility, etc.
      ‘there are many overlaps between the approaches’
      mass noun ‘there is some overlap in requirements’
      • ‘The challenge lies in persuading it that there is an overlap between its national interest and that of the West.’
      • ‘This meant that to some extent there remained an overlap of interest between the advanced capitalist economies.’
      • ‘There is a large amount of overlap among the characters, but a few characters are excluded from one or more of the data sets and others are slightly reworded or broken into different states.’
      • ‘Remember also that it's sometimes difficult to draw a line between these issues, so there will be some overlap in certain areas.’
      • ‘While there is a fair amount of overlap among the various articles, this collection reflects most of the distribution curve of current opinion on the subject.’
      • ‘A difficult area is the overlap with multiple sclerosis.’
      • ‘Mainly through allegory, each play basically covers one amendment, though there's a fair amount of overlap.’
      • ‘Numerous studies from different laboratories have shown an extensive functional overlap between these two cyclins.’
      • ‘As suggested in Chapter 21, there are areas of overlap and commonality between them.’
      • ‘However, there's a certain amount of overlap with my household insurance.’
      • ‘In practice, because of their seasonal nature, and the close overlap between this area and pharmacy, preserved flowers - dried or as flavoured syrups - are more important.’
      • ‘Thus there is a certain amount of overlap between the various chapters, and while this is by no means excessive, it does generate some slight inconsistencies in presentation.’
      • ‘Whether one does or does not acquire the book depends upon the overlap between the interests of the reader and the book's topics.’
      • ‘As it turned out, our dissertations had several areas of overlap - not least being a mutual concern with accountability.’
      • ‘I have long been interested in the apparent overlap in RSS newsfeeds and the possible application of instant messaging to alert blog readers to new entries.’
      • ‘A considerable overlap exists in dairy processing and food ingredients manufacture.’
      • ‘When Westrick recently found out about and read the paper, she was intrigued by the areas of overlap and by the alternative approaches to various topics.’
      • ‘The areas of overlap are so numerous that the need for such coordination is, to my mind, self-evident.’
      • ‘There is a functional overlap between undue influence and unconscionable dealing, although analytically the doctrines are distinct.’
      • ‘Some of these aspirations are based in the undeniable areas of overlap between writing, editing and design.’
    2. 1.2 A period of time in which two events or activities happen together.
      ‘an overlap of shifts’
      • ‘Of course, the real response is for DVR makers to be able to record in odd time increments to make sure shows are fully recorded, and make use of multiple tuners to handle periods of overlap.’
      • ‘Finchem said the new Senior PGA Tour lineup would provide more events, and reduce overlap with regularly scheduled PGA Tour telecasts.’
      • ‘Potential overlap in annual activity time between rattlesnakes and nocturnal prey, such as wood rats, is minimized or eliminated altogether by canopy vegetation.’
      • ‘This overlap of harvest periods is an example of the resource allocation problem among cotton and peanuts.’
      • ‘This period represented an overlap between war and stability operations.’
      • ‘The government is in need of a higher level of coordination for the reconstruction in Aceh in order to prevent an overlap of activities and ensure that funding is used appropriately.’
      • ‘Fieldwork in other parts of Britain has found evidence of an overlap between the two periods.’
      • ‘At the moment we are trying to pack everything into a much shorter time and it's causing overlaps.’
      • ‘There was also found to be an overlap between shifts which led to some workers doing nothing for half an hour at each daily changeover.’
      • ‘Panelists agreed that individual tracks have to be keenly aware of the schedules of each track during every day and avoid overlaps in races when possible.’
      • ‘Now they live in the real world again, with occasional periods of overlap with the world of the superheroes.’
      • ‘Thus there was a brief period of overlap between the two peoples and cultures.’