Definition of overcast in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvəkɑːst/
1(Of the sky or weather) marked by a covering of grey cloud; 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.
cloudy, clouded, clouded over, overclouded, sunless, darkened, dark, grey, black, leaden, heavy, dull, murky, dirty, misty, hazy, foggy, louring, threatening, menacing, promising rain, dismal, dreary, cheerless, sombre
2(Of the edge of a piece of fabric) sewn with long slanting stitches 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: /ˈəʊvəkɑːst/
[mass noun]
Cloud covering a large part of the sky: the planes found the target obscured by 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 (past and past participle overcast)

Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈkɑːst/
[with object]
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 (a raw edge) to prevent fraying: finish off the raw edge of the hem by overcasting it

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