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to set or lay on top of or above something.
example: We superimposed a grid on the original map.
example: They have tried to superimpose a new culture on the old one.
Editor’s Note: When one thing is superimposed on another, usually both are still visible. Below right, the image of a skull has been superimposed on a portrait of Beethoven. Below left, text has been superimposed on an image. When “superimpose” is used in a more metaphorical or abstract sense, as in the example above of superimposing a new culture on an old one, there is often an implication of superficiality or artificiality; the old culture is, so to speak, still visible.
1. a combined form of two or more metals, or of a metal with a nonmetal, sometimes using an inferior ingredient with a more costly one.
example: Brass is an alloy of zinc and copper.
2. the relative degree of purity of a metal; fineness.
3. something added that lowers quality or value.
Saving an occasional burst of impatience, or coarse assertion of his mastery, his good-humour remained to him, but it had now a sordid alloy of distrust; and though his eyes should twinkle and all his face should laugh, he would sit holding himself in his own arms, as if he had an inclination to hoard himself up, and must always grudgingly stand on the defensive. (Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend)