tr.v. su·per·posed, su·per·pos·ing, su·per·pos·es
1. To set or place (one thing) over or above something else.
2. Mathematics To place (one geometric figure) over another so that all like parts coincide.
[Probably French superposer, back-formation from superposition, superposition, from Late Latin superpositiō, superpositiōn-, from Latin superpositus, past participle of superpōnere, to place over : super-, super- + pōnere, to place; see POSITION.]
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