What does overdrive mean?

Definitions for overdriveˈoʊ vərˌdraɪv; ˌoʊ vərˈdraɪv

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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(n.)

    (Machinery) A gearing device which causes the drive shaft of an automobile or other machine to rotate at a speed greater than that of the engine crankshaft.

  2. overdrive(n.)

    (Automotive) The gear setting of a motor vehicle at which the overdrive is operative; as, cruising at 80 mph in overdrive.


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Overdrive

    ō-vėr-drīv′, v.t. to drive too hard.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of overdrive in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of overdrive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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