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Overcast, v. Also: ovir-, owir-. P.t. -kest. P.p. -castin, -cassin. [ME. and e.m.E. overkast(e, -caste, early ME. over-kesten (Ancr. R.), p.t. ME. overkest (Cursor M.), ME. and e.m.E. -cast(e, p.p. ME. and e.m.E. -cast(e (c 1290). Cf. Ourcast.]

1. tr. To look over or through; to read through; to inspect. In quhilk volume diuers storeis [I] ouir kest That plesand was; Rolland Seven S. 8346.
Auld bukis quha will ouer cast [etc.]; ? 1570 Sat. P. xx. 46.
vj dowbill ruif sparris … to tua workmen to ouircast thame and taik the waill; 1587 Edinb. D. Guild Acc. 283.
Owircast; Ib. 280.

2. intr. Of the sky: To become overcast, to cloud over. The lift begouth for to ouercast with shours; Montg. Misc. P. xlviii. 182.

3. P.p. a. Fitted over (with something). b. Overblown (with sand). The said scole … sall haue vpoun the south sydwall thairof aucht wyndois ovircastin with pend stanchellis; 1578 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 75.
Both kirk and kirkyaird is ouircassin with the sand; 1603 Buchan Cl. IV. 182.

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