Definitions for overdriveˈoʊ vərˌdraɪv; ˌoʊ vərˈdraɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•ver•driveˈoʊ vərˌdraɪv; ˌoʊ vərˈdraɪv(n.; v.)

  1. a device in a motor vehicle containing a gear that provides a drive shaft speed greater than the engine crankshaft speed.

    Category: Machinery, Automotive

  2. a state of intense activity.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

Princeton's WordNet

  1. overdrive(noun)

    the state of high or excessive activity or productivity or concentration

    "Troops are ready to go into overdrive as soon as the signal is given"; "Melissa's brain was in overdrive"

  2. overdrive(verb)

    a high gear used at high speeds to maintain the driving speed with less output power

  3. overdrive(verb)

    drive or work too hard

    "The teacher is overworking his students"; "Overdriving people often suffer stress"

  4. overuse, overdrive(verb)

    make use of too often or too extensively


  1. overdrive(Noun)

    A gear, on an automobile, higher than the normal top gear.

  2. overdrive(Noun)

    A state of heightened activity.

  3. overdrive(Verb)

    To drive too hard, or far, or beyond strength.

Translations for overdrive

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to do, say (something) in an exaggerated way etc

They overdid the sympathy.

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