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 for overlay
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Overlay \O"ver*lay`\, n.
     1. A covering. --Sir W. Scott.
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     2. (Printing) A piece of paper pasted upon the tympan sheet
        to improve the impression by making it stronger at a
        particular place.
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     3. (Computers) A subroutine which occupies a portion of main
        memory which is occupied at some other time by another
        subroutine during execution of the same program. Overlays
        were used as an older technique to allow larger programs
        to be executed in restricted main memory space; the same
        effect is now accomplished by different techniques.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Overlay \O`ver*lay"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Overlaid; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Overlaying.]
     1. To lay, or spread, something over or across; hence, to
        cover; to overwhelm; to press excessively upon.
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              When any country is overlaid by the multitude which
              live upon it.                         --Sir W.
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              As when a cloud his beams doth overlay. --Spenser.
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              Framed of cedar overlaid with gold.   --Milton.
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              And overlay
              With this portentous bridge the dark abyss.
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     2. Specifically: To cover (an object made of an inexpensive
        metal, glass, or other material) with a thin sheet of an
        expensive metal, especially with silver or gold.
        Distinguished from to plate, which is done by a chemical
        or electrical deposition process.
     3. To smother with a close covering, or by lying upon.
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              This woman's child died in the night; because she
              overlaid it.                          --1 Kings iii.
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              A heap of ashes that o'erlays your fire. --Dryden.
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     4. (Printing) To put an overlay on.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Overlie \O`ver*lie"\, v. t. [imp. Overlay; p. p. Overlain;
     p. pr. & vb. n. Overlying.]
     To lie over or upon; specifically, to suffocate by lying
     upon; as, to overlie an infant. --Quain.
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           A woman by negligence overlieth her child in her
           sleeping.                                --Chaucer.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: protective covering consisting, for example, of a layer of
           boards applied to the studs and joists of a building to
           strengthen it and serve as a foundation for a weatherproof
           exterior [syn: sheathing, overlay, overlayer]
      2: a layer of decorative material (such as gold leaf or wood
         veneer) applied over a surface
      v 1: put something on top of something else; "cover the meat
           with a lot of gravy" [syn: overlay, cover]
      2: kill by lying on; "The sow overlay her piglets" [syn:
         overlie, overlay]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  60 Moby Thesaurus words for "overlay":
     adorn, applique, apply to, blanket, block, canopy, cap, cloak,
     clothe, cloud, convolute, cope, cover, cover up, cowl, crown,
     curtain, decorate, eclipse, elaborate, embellish, embroider,
     enrich, festoon, film, flap, flourish, fly, gild, hood,
     imbrication, involve, lap, lay on, lay over, load with ornament,
     mantle, mask, muffle, obduce, obscure, occult, ornament, overcast,
     overcharge, overlap, overlapping, overlayer, overload, overspread,
     put on, screen, scum, shield, spread over, superimpose, superpose,
     trick out, varnish, veil

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