Overlap vs Penetrate - What's the difference?

overlap | penetrate |

As verbs the difference between overlap and penetrate

is that overlap is to extend over and partly cover something while penetrate is to enter into; to make way into the interior of; to pierce.

As a noun overlap

is something that overlaps or is overlapped.



(overlapp) (intransitive)
  • To extend over and partly cover something.
  • the mousemat overlapped the edge of the desk
  • To have an area, range, character or function in common.
  • The two maps overlapped at the east and west edges
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  • Memento unfolds over 22 scenes—or, more accurately, 22 strands of time, the main strand (in color) moving backward in increments, and another strand (in black and white) going forward, though the two overlap profoundly.
  • (mathematics) Used of sets that have some elements in common.
  • The set (all men) overlaps the set (vegetarians)


    (en noun)
  • Something that overlaps or is overlapped
  • (rugby) a situation in the game where an attacking line has more players in it than the defensive line coming to meet it. The attacking side may exploit the overlap'' by using their superior numbers to break the opposition's defensive line. If attackers outnumber defenders by more than one player this is often termed a ''two man overlap'' or ''three man overlap'', etc. If the attacking side fails to break through usually due to poor execution, they are said to ''waste an overlap .
  • penetrate




  • To enter into; to make way into the interior of; to pierce.
  • Light penetrates darkness.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1879, title=The Telephone, the Microphone and the Phonograph
  • , author=Th Du Moncel, page=166, publisher=Harper , passage=He takes the prepared charcoal used by artists, brings it to a white heat, and suddenly plunges it in a bath of mercury, of which the globules instantly penetrate the pores of charcoal, and may be said to metallize it.}}
  • (figuratively) To achieve understanding of, despite some obstacle; to comprehend; to understand.
  • I could not penetrate Burke's opaque rhetoric.
  • * Ray
  • things which here were too subtile for us to penetrate
  • To affect profoundly through the senses or feelings; to move deeply.
  • to penetrate one's heart with pity
  • * M. Arnold
  • The translator of Homer should penetrate himself with a sense of the plainness and directness of Homer's style.
  • To infiltrate an enemy to gather intelligence.
  • To insert the penis into an opening, such as a vagina or anus. (rfex)
  • Derived terms

    * penetration * penetrable