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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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1. (Mathematics) geometry to transpose (the coordinates of one geometric figure) to coincide with those of another
2. a rare word for superimpose1
[C19: from French superposer, from Latin superpōnere, from super- + pōnere to place]
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v.t. -posed, -pos•ing.
1. to place above or upon something else, or one upon another.
2. Geom. to place (one figure) in the space occupied by another, so that the two figures coincide throughout their whole extent.
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Past participle: superposed
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|Verb||1.||superpose - place (one geometric figure) upon another so that their perimeters coincide|
|2.||superpose - place on top of; "can you superimpose the two images?"|
develop - superimpose a three-dimensional surface on a plane without stretching, in geometry
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