Definition of overlie in English:


Syllabification: o·ver·lie
Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈlī

verb (overlies, overlying; past overlay; past participle overlain)

[with object]
  • Lie on top of: soft clays overlie the basalt figurative the national situation was overlain by sharp regional differences
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    • North of it lies a more permeable medium in the form of sand and gravel overlying silty clay with gravel.
    • Here, the upper mudstone of the TST is erosively overlain by 3 m of bioturbated, clayey sandstone and mudstone.
    • The discontinuous clay bed is overlain by the top conglomerate, bed 4.

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