[ US /ˈoʊvɝˌɫæp/ ]
  1. the property of partial coincidence in time
  2. a representation of common ground between theories or phenomena
    there was no overlap between their proposals
  3. a flap that lies over another part
    the lap of the shingles should be at least ten inches
  1. extend over and cover a part of
    The roofs of the houses overlap in this crowded city
  2. coincide partially or wholly
    Our vacations overlap
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How To Use overlap In A Sentence

  • Although I was already a fan of both authors, it was this curious title overlap that led me to snatch these two off the New Releases table at my local bookstore. Romi Lassally: My Literary Indiscretions
  • My musical tastes don't overlap with my brother's at all.
  • If, through their labors to transform misava into masimu, women established traditional tenure rights not explicitly recognized by patriliny, then likewise, through the everyday habits of farming, women learned, performed, and nurtured relationships that overlapped with, but ranged far beyond, blood - and marriage-based patrilineal kinship. Where Women Make History: Gendered Tellings of Community and Change in Magude, Mozambique
  • That de Rugy has testified before Congress on the basis of her evidence, and never paused to consider why the top five congressional districts on her list overlap with Sacramento, Albany, Austin, Tallahassee and Harrisburg, is mind-boggling. The Volokh Conspiracy » Is Stimulus Funding Political?
  • Because Naomi is straight and Ely is gay, their taste in guys kind of overlaps sometimes. Review: Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  • Some of the country is like England, undulating, rolling, well-cultivated fields, enclosed with pailings which overlap each other and would be awkwardish obstacles in a hunting country; but one misses, like abroad, the cattle -- we saw one or two stray cows, but little else. A Lady's Life on a Farm in Manitoba
  • Their journeys intertwine and overlap, and during sequences in which they go their separate but parallel ways, director Gustad employs jarring cross-cutting to remind us of their journeys' thematic parallelisms.
  • Working your way across the ceiling widthwise rather than lengthwise, begin painting a series of overlapping W's until the ceiling is mostly covered.
  • We'll cut the plywood three inches wider and higher than your measurements to get the overlap we need. SAN ANDREAS
  • The two alternatives, presented as dichotomous above, may be viewed as partly overlapping, and not mutually exclusive.
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