Definitions for overloadˌoʊ vərˈloʊd; ˈoʊ vərˌloʊd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•ver•loadˌoʊ vərˈloʊd; ˈoʊ vərˌloʊd(v.; n.; v.t.)

  1. to overburden.

  2. (n.)an excessive load.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. overload(noun)

    an electrical load that exceeds the available electrical power

  2. overload, overburden(verb)

    an excessive burden

  3. overload(verb)

    become overloaded

    "The aerator overloaded"

  4. clog, overload(verb)

    fill to excess so that function is impaired

    "Fear clogged her mind"; "The story was clogged with too many details"

  5. overload, surcharge, overcharge(verb)

    place too much a load on

    "don't overload the car"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. overload(verb)ˈoʊvɚlˌoʊd

    to give too much weight to carry

    a truck overloaded with cargo

  2. overloadˈoʊvɚlˌoʊd

    to give too much work

    students overloaded with homework

  3. overloadˈoʊvɚlˌoʊd

    to put too much electricity into a system

    The lightning strike overloaded the circuits.


  1. overload(Noun)

    An excessive load.

  2. overload(Noun)

    The damage done, or the outage caused by such a load.

  3. overload(Noun)

    An overloaded version of a function.

  4. overload(Verb)

    to load excessively

  5. overload(Verb)

    to provide too much power to a circuit

  6. overload(Verb)

    to create different functions for the same name, to be used in different contexts

  7. overload(Verb)

    to fail due to excessive load


  1. Overload

    Overload is the name of four different fictional character in the various Transformers universes. They are seemingly unrelated besides sharing a name.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Overload

    In an electric motor a mechanical load put upon it so great as to prevent economical working. One effect of such a load is to make the armature run so slowly as to unduly reduce the counter-electro-motive force and hence to permit so much current to pass through the coils as to heat them, perhaps injuriously. In this case the production of heat implies the waste of energy.

Translations for overload

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to fill with too much of something

The lorry overturned because it had been overloaded.

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