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superimpose (someone or something) on(to) (someone or something

1. To lay, place, or position an image of someone or something onto another image of someone or something. We superimposed a picture of the Eiffel Tower on the moon. The actress is suing the tabloid for superimposing her face onto the body of an adult film star performing a sexual act.
2. To add or insert someone, oneself, or some element onto something else in an intangible or psychological manner. I was bedridden for most of my childhood, so I spent a lot of time superimposing myself onto the main characters of adventure and romance stories. You've got to be careful not to superimpose your own ideals and expectations on your kids' lives too much—you've got to let them figure things out for themselves.

superimpose something on (to) someone or something

to cover an image of someone or something with an image of something. We superimposed a mustache onto Toby's face, and he looked just like the suspect. When we superimposed the mustache on him, we knew he was guilty.
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In the architectural equivalent of the stream of consciousness in literature, Miralles had a habit of superimposing drawings and images to achieve apparently irrational compositions; but they were always underpinned by rigour and a very refined appreciation of context.
Superimposing the two molecules, the buckyball's 60 atoms would match up with the boron compound's 60 faces, while each of the 32 boron atoms would fall smack in the middle of the faces formed by the buckyball's carbon atoms, says Lipscomb.
Everything follows the international model: a gigantic white container (as well as some smaller spaces) where the works can be installed in relationship, perhaps helping each other create an atmosphere, a common context, even to the extent of visually and conceptually superimposing the works.
Similarly frenetic, Mayne's The Sixth Street House drawings, 1986-87, are frustrated and estranged construction documents-- superimposing conventional architectural drawings' plans, sections, and isometrics.
To these cuts she added other lines, made with either blue or black grease pencil, thereby superimposing on something perdurable--the carved lines--an element that is more spontaneous, almost aleatory, and that is barely hinted at with a lightly drawn stroke.
In Achiote, 2000, Guzman takes a botanical illustration from the eighteenth century and distorts it by superimposing onto it the pigment of the plant itself, which certain indigenous communities used to paint their skin during celebrations.