overcast

Use the adjective overcast when you're describing a cloudy sky. An overcast day can be dark, cold, and gloomy, or just quiet and calm.

A day that's gray and cloudy is overcast, and a dull, sunless sky can also be described this way. A less common way to use overcast is when you talk about sewing — an overcast stitch catches the edge of the fabric to keep it from fraying — and the stitch itself is sometimes called an overcast. Before the weather-related adjective was coined, overcast was a verb meaning "to cover" or "to overthrow."

Primary Meanings of overcast

1.
adjnv
filled or abounding with clouds
the state of the sky when it is covered by clouds
make overcast or cloudy
2.
nv
a long whipstitch or overhand stitch overlying an edge to prevent raveling
sew over the edge of with long slanting wide stitches
Full Definitions of overcast
1

adj filled or abounding with clouds

Synonyms:
cloud-covered, clouded, sunless
cloudy
full of or covered with clouds

n the state of the sky when it is covered by clouds

Synonyms:
cloud cover, cloudiness
Type of:
bad weather, inclemency, inclementness
weather unsuitable for outdoor activities

n gloomy semidarkness caused by cloud cover

Synonyms:
cloudiness
Type of:
semidarkness
partial darkness

v make overcast or cloudy

“Fall weather often overcasts our beaches”
Synonyms:
cloud
Antonyms:
brighten, clear, clear up, light up
become clear
Types:
fog up
get foggy
haze
become hazy, dull, or cloudy
Type of:
darken
make dark or darker
2

n a long whipstitch or overhand stitch overlying an edge to prevent raveling

Synonyms:
overcasting
Type of:
whipping, whipstitch, whipstitching
a sewing stitch passing over an edge diagonally

n a cast that falls beyond the intended spot

Type of:
cast, casting
the act of throwing a fishing line out over the water by means of a rod and reel

v sew over the edge of with long slanting wide stitches

Types:
oversew
sew (two edges) with close stitches that pass over them both
Type of:
run up, sew, sew together, stitch
fasten by sewing; do needlework

v sew with an overcast stitch from one section to the next

overcast books”
Type of:
run up, sew, sew together, stitch
fasten by sewing; do needlework

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