Definition of oversail in English:

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Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈseɪl/


[with object]
(Of a part of a building) project beyond (a lower part): a sloping stone coping oversailing a gutter
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  • The roof slating came down to the head of the brick wall and, rather than oversailing it and having an eaves gutter or not oversailing it and having a gutter inside a parapet, there were simply timber fascia boards on the outside of the gutter.
  • Prefiguring the house, this pavilion on a raised deck is a confection of gables and bays with intersecting corrugated metal canopies oversailing the wooden structure.
  • An exaggerated, almost Tyrolean pitched roof oversails the dense carpet walls protecting them against the elements (the region's annual rainfall is almost 60 in, or 1500 mm, so flat roofs are out of the question).


Late 17th century (originally Scots): from over + French saillir 'jut out'.

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