AskDefine | Define overcast

Dictionary Definition

overcast adj : filled or abounding with clouds [syn: cloud-covered, clouded, sunless]


1 the state of the sky when it is covered by clouds [syn: cloudiness, cloud cover]
2 gloomy semidarkness caused by cloud cover [syn: cloudiness]
3 a long whip stitch or overhand stitch overlying an edge to prevent raveling [syn: overcasting]
4 a cast that falls beyond the intended spot


1 make overcast or cloudy; "Fall weather often overcasts our beaches" [syn: cloud] [ant: clear up]
2 sew over the edge of with long slanting wide stitches
3 sew with an overcast stitch from one section to the next; "overcast books"

User Contributed Dictionary



From over + to cast

Pronunciation 1

  • UK: /ˈəʊvəkɑːst/
  • US: /ˈɔʊvərkæst/


  1. An outcast.
  2. A cloud covering all of the sky.


  1. Covered with clouds; overshadowed; darkened.
  2. The sky is said to be overcast, when it is more than 90% covered by clouds.
  3. In a state of depression; gloomy; melancholy.
covered with clouds; overshadowed; darkened
meteorological term
in a state of depression; gloomy; melancholy

Pronunciation 2

  • UK: /əʊvəˈkɑːst/
  • US: /ɔʊvərˈkæst/


  1. In the context of "transitive|obsolete}} To overthrow.

Extensive Definition

Overcast or overcast weather is the meteorological condition in which clouds obscure 95% or more of the sky.
Overcast happens when the entire sky becomes covered with clouds; hence the word to describe it, overcast. Sometimes clouds can be different colors such as black or white, but the word usually refers to gray. In extreme cases, it can be impossible to see distinct borders of clouds; the whole sky will be a dull white with no gaps of blue in between.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Acheronian, Acherontic, CAT, Cimmerian, Stygian, adumbrate, aerospace, aerosphere, air hole, air pocket, airspace, becloud, bedarken, bedim, befog, begloom, bemist, black, black out, blacken, blackening, blanket, block the light, blocking the light, blot out, brooding, brown, bump, cap, cast a shadow, castellatus, ceiling, cirrose, cirrous, clabber up, cloud, cloud over, cloud up, cloud-flecked, clouded, cloudiness, clouding, cloudy, crosswind, crown, cumuliform, cumulous, dark, dark and gloomy, darken, darken over, darkened, darkening, dim, dim out, dimming, dirty, dirty sky, dismal, dreary, dull, eclipse, eclipsing, empty space, encloud, encompass with shadow, enmist, extinguishment, favorable wind, fog, fogginess, front, funereal, gloom, gloomful, glooming, gloomy, grey, haze, haziness, head wind, heavy, heavy sky, high-pressure area, hole, ill-lighted, ill-lit, ionosphere, jetstream, lenticularis, low-pressure area, lowering, mammatus, menacing, mist, mistiness, murk, murky, nebulosity, nebulous, nimbose, nimbosity, nubilate, nubilation, nubilous, obfuscate, obfuscation, obnubilate, obnubilation, obscuration, obscure, obscurement, obumbrate, obumbration, occult, occultate, occulting, oppressive, overcloud, overclouded, overclouding, overlay, overshading, overshadow, overshadowing, overshadowment, oversmoke, overspread, pocket, roughness, shade, shading, shadow, shadowing, smog, smoke, somber, sombrous, soup, space, squally, starless, stormy, stratiform, stratosphere, stratous, substratosphere, sullen, sunless, tail wind, threatening, thunderheaded, tropopause, troposphere, trough, turbulence, visibility, visibility zero
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