Definition of overcast in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈōvərˌkast/
Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈkast/
1(Of the sky or weather) marked by a covering of gray clouds; dull: a chilly overcast day
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  • 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.
cloudy, clouded (over), sunless, darkened, dark, gray, black, leaden, heavy, dull, murky, dismal, dreary
2(In sewing) edged with stitching to prevent fraying.
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.


Pronunciation: /ˈōvərˌkast/
Clouds covering a large part of the sky: the sky was leaden with overcast
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  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈkast/
(past and past participle overcast) [with object]
1Cover with clouds or shade: the pebbled beach, overcast with the shadows of the high cliffs
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  • 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

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Syllabification: o·ver·cast

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