Definition of overcast in English:

overcast

Syllabification: o·ver·cast

adjective

Pronunciation: /ˈōvərˌkast, ˌōvərˈkast
 
 
/
  • 1(Of the sky or weather) marked by a covering of gray clouds; dull: a chilly overcast day
    More example sentences
    • They ran in silence with their unresolved arguments hanging over them like the grey, dreary overcast sky.
    • In spite of the overcast skies and chilly weather, the Scots came through on top, beating the Cobbers 4-0.
    • Conditions were in contrast to the recent good Irish weather; overcast skies, cool temperatures and a slight headwind, which suited the Irish.
    Synonyms
    cloudy, clouded (over), sunless, darkened, dark, gray, black, leaden, heavy, dull, murky, dismal, dreary
  • 2(In sewing) edged with stitching to prevent fraying.
    More example sentences
    • Make new zipper stops by hand sewing a few overcast stitches on the edge of each tape just above the last tooth.
    • Trim the seam allowance and clean-finish the edge with a zigzag or overcast stitch.

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈōvərˌkast
 
/
Back to top  
  • Clouds covering a large part of the sky: the sky was leaden with overcast
    More example sentences
    • Why are there occasions when a low, thick overcast of clouds appears to be heavy with moisture but no rain occurs?
    • You could see nothing but the cirrus overcast from horizon to horizon.
    • Flying conditions were similar in both years, mainly under sunny skies and scattered clouds with some periods of high or low overcast.

verb

Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈkast
 
/
(past and past participle overcast) [with object] Back to top  
  • 1Cover with clouds or shade: the pebbled beach, overcast with the shadows of the high cliffs
    More example sentences
    • The sun was overcast by clouds, and the air was spring-like, but the miasma of the swamps added a sour, heavy scent.
    • The sky overhead was overcast with great gray clouds, and the atmosphere was actually kind of moody.
    • The whole sky was now overcast with heavy clouds and a part of it even looked a little green.
  • 2Stitch over (an unfinished edge) to prevent fraying: finish off the raw edge of the hem by overcasting it

More definitions of overcast

Definition of overcast in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrəˈgāSHən
noun
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space