overlapping; overlapped; overlaps

When things overlap, part or all of one thing covers part or all of the other, like roofing shingles or flat noodles in a lasagna dish.

Not only can things overlap, but schedules can, too. If you accidentally schedule your doctor's appointment and your dentist appointment at the same time, they overlap, which is unfortunate because you can't be in two places at once. Philosophies and perspectives overlap when they share certain points or ideas in common.

Definitions of overlap
  1. verb
    extend over and cover a part of
    “The roofs of the houses overlap in this crowded city”
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    continue, cover, extend
    span an interval of distance, space or time
  2. verb
    coincide partially or wholly
    “Our vacations overlap
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    have in common
    have some of the qualities or attributes of something
    have at least three points in common with
    type of:
    co-occur, coincide, cooccur
    go with, fall together
  3. noun
    a flap that lies over another part
    synonyms: lap
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    cuff, turnup
    the lap consisting of a turned-back hem encircling the end of the sleeve or leg
    lap at the front of a coat; continuation of the coat collar
    a small lap on a garment or headdress
    revere, revers
    a lapel on a woman's garment; turned back to show the reverse side
    trouser cuff
    a cuff on the bottoms of trouser legs
    type of:
    any broad, thin, and limber covering attached at one edge; hangs loose or projects freely
  4. noun
    the property of partial coincidence in time
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    co-occurrence, coincidence, concurrence, conjunction
    the temporal property of two things happening at the same time
  5. noun
    a representation of common ground between theories or phenomena
    “there was no overlap between their proposals”
    synonyms: convergence, intersection
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    a point where a choice must be made
    the overlap where two theories or phenomena affect each other or have links with each other
    type of:
    internal representation, mental representation, representation
    a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image
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