o·ver·cast (ōvər-kăst′, ō′vər-kăst)
a. Covered or obscured, as with clouds or mist.
b. Clouded over.
2. Gloomy; melancholy.
3. Sewn with long, overlying stitches in order to prevent raveling, as the raw edges of fabric.
1. A covering, as of mist or clouds.
2. An arch or support for a passage over another passage in a mine.
3. A cast made in fishing that falls beyond the point intended.
4. An overcast stitch or seam.
v. (ō′vər-kăst, ōvər-kăst′) o·ver·cast, o·ver·cast·ing, o·ver·casts
1. To make cloudy or gloomy.
2. To cast beyond (the intended point) with a fishing rod.
3. To sew with long, overlying stitches.
To become cloudy or gloomy.
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