What is the meaning of overlap?


  • A representation of common ground between theories or phenomena.
    • usage: "there was no overlap between their proposals"
  • The property of partial coincidence in time.
  • A flap that lies over another part.
    • usage: "the lap of the shingles should be at least ten inches"


  • Coincide partially or wholly.
    • usage: "Our vacations overlap"
  • Extend over and cover a part of.
    • usage: "The roofs of the houses overlap in this crowded city"
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