• WordNet 3.6
    • adj overcast filled or abounding with clouds
    • v overcast sew with an overcast stitch from one section to the next "overcast books"
    • v overcast sew over the edge of with long slanting wide stitches
    • v overcast make overcast or cloudy "Fall weather often overcasts our beaches"
    • n overcast a cast that falls beyond the intended spot
    • n overcast a long whipstitch or overhand stitch overlying an edge to prevent raveling
    • n overcast gloomy semidarkness caused by cloud cover
    • n overcast the state of the sky when it is covered by clouds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Overcast To cast or cover over; hence, to cloud; to darken. "Those clouds that overcast your morn shall fly."
    • Overcast To compute or rate too high.
    • Overcast (Bookbinding) To fasten, as single sheets, by overcast stitching or by folding one edge over another.
    • Overcast (Sewing) To take long, loose stitches over (the raw edges of a seam) to prevent raveling.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overcast To throw over or across.
    • overcast To cover; overspread.
    • overcast To cloud; darken; cover with gloom.
    • overcast To cover with skin, as a wound; hence, to have (a wound) healed.
    • overcast To cast or compute at too high a rate; rate too high.
    • overcast In sewing, to fasten by stitching roughly through and over two edges of a fabric. Also overseam.
    • overcast To become cloudy or dull; become dark or gloomy.
    • n overcast In mining, an air-duct or passage which crosses above another passage.
    • overcast In geology, cast or thrust beyond a normal position, as in a thrust-fault or overturned fold.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Overcast ō-vėr-kast′ to cast over: to cloud: to cover with gloom: to sew over or stitch the edges (of a piece of cloth) slightly
    • v.i Overcast to grow dull or cloudy
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In literature:

The December day was cold and frosty, the sky overcast.
"France in the Nineteenth Century" by Elizabeth Latimer
But, after that tender radiant dawn, it seemed to Serge as if the sky were suddenly overcast.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
The barometer has been falling the last few days and is now low, while the Bluff is overcast.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
The European sky grew rapidly overcast.
"John Redmond's Last Years" by Stephen Gwynn
Sypher opened it, and his strong, pink face became as overcast as the sky.
"Septimus" by William J. Locke
The sky had been overcast that day, and it was gloomy and cloudy when we reached Stonehenge.
"From John O'Groats to Land's End" by Robert Naylor and John Naylor
We talked of stopping, when an unexpected thunder shower rolled out from behind the mountains, and speedily overcast the entire heavens.
"African Camp Fires" by Stewart Edward White
His face grew overcast and troubled; yet he did not utter a word of his apprehensions to me.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
It was cold and the sky was overcast with the promise of a stormy morrow.
"Ruth Fielding in Moving Pictures" by Alice Emerson
The sky was overcast.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke

In poetry:

SOME quick kind tears, some easy sorrow,
And then 'tis past.
'Twas sad; yet sadness has its morrow;
Blue skies succeed skies overcast:
Why should grief last?
"Beyond The Shadow" by Augusta Davies Webster
What if thine heaven be overcast,
The dark appearance will not last,
Expect a brighter sky;
The God that strings the silver bow
Awakes sometimes the muses too,
And lays his arrows by.
"Horace. Book II. Ode X. " by William Cowper
For huge possessions render slack
The power we need to hold them fast;
Save when a quickened heart shall make
Our people one, to meet what blast
May blow from temporal heavens overcast.
"The Call" by George Meredith
When all our nation's sky was overcast
With rayless clouds of deepening misery,
His soaring vision mounted thro' the blast,
And from behind its gloom approaching fast.
Beheld the glorious Sun of Liberty.
"The Lute Of Afric's Tribe" by Albery Allson Whitman
I have rode out the storm when the billows beat high
And the red gleaming lightnings flash'd thro' the dark sky,
When the tempest of night the black sea overcast
Wet and weary I labour'd, yet sung to the blast.
"Botany Bay Eclogues 04 - John, Samuel & Richard" by Robert Southey
But the sunny "Never Mind"
He's a different wight. Helps us when the day's inclined
Not to treat us right ; Softens every bitter blast,
Warms us when we're cold ; When the sky is overcast,
Keeps us blithe and bold.
""Don't Care" And "Never Mind"" by John Kendrick Bangs

In news:

On a recent overcast summer day I found myself in the backyard of Yoko Devereaux, a friend's boutique,'helping prep for a BBQ.
Great turnout at annual parade despite overcast afternoon.
Overcast with a chance of rain, then rain in the afternoon.
Friday the sea was rough and it was overcast, but nothing too bad.
Overcast with rain showers in the morning, then partly cloudy.
41°, Overcast Wind: W 25 gusts 32.
Winter in Pittsburgh is usually overcast so we welcome all the sun we can get.
Overcast, light rain, 62 °F.
Overcast, patches of fog, light rain.
The Everett Astronomical Society will hold free public observing sessions on the lawn at Harborview Park,1700 W Mukilteo Blvd, from dusk, about 6 pm, until 11:30 pm The event will be canceled if it's overcast or rainy.
Francois Hollande oversees an overcast first Bastille Day as president of France.
It's an overcast, blustery Saturday, but Tracy Parker and Jimmy White are intent on getting a sumac sapling into the ground.
Tens of thousands of spectators came to the annual extravaganza on a chilly, overcast morning.
Overcast, light rain, mist, 57 °F.
He missed his 21st game Thursday but offered a ray of hope in a wildly overcast season.

In science:

Optical pointing is not possible during overcast weather conditions.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
Feedback-controlled systems to reduce signal intensity at night or during overcast days have proven problematic with incandescent traffic signals because dimming an incandescent lamp also changes its color, and could create confusion to drivers about the color of a traffic signal.
Increasing Market Penetration of LED Traffic Signals in New York State: Review of Articles and Information on LED Traffic Signals