What does Overdrive mean?

Definitions for Overdrive
ˈoʊ vərˌdraɪv; ˌoʊ vərˈdraɪvover·drive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. overdrivenoun

    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. overdriveverb

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

  3. overdriveverb

    drive or work too hard

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

  4. overuse, overdriveverb

    make use of too often or too extensively


  1. overdrivenoun

    (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. overdrivenoun

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


  1. overdrivenoun

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

  2. overdrivenoun

    A state of heightened activity.

  3. overdriveverb

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


  1. Overdrive

    Overdrive is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Katy Rose for her debut studio album, Because I Can. It was written by Rose and Kim Bullard, with the latter also producing the song. V2 Records released the song in the United States on October 21, 2003, as the album's first single. The song is best known for being featured on the soundtrack of the 2004 film Mean Girls.


  1. overdrive

    Overdrive is a term used in various fields, generally referring to operating at a level of performance or intensity that is higher than the normal or recommended capacity. 1. In automotive engineering, overdrive refers to a mechanism that allows an automobile to cruise at sustained speed with reduced engine RPM, leading to better fuel efficiency and lower wear. 2. In music, particularly with electric guitars, overdrive is a term used to describe a type of sound effect produced by amplifying the signals until the peak is clipped off. 3. In general use, to go into 'overdrive' means to start working very hard or start doing something at a very fast rate.

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

Examples of Overdrive in a Sentence

  1. Una McCann:

    Constantly having your heart on overdrive, it's not hard to figure out why that might cause heart attack and stroke.

  2. Jeb Bush on Tuesday:

    Washington has run amok. This President particularly has put it in hyper, overdrive -- the regulatory climate -- because he doesn't want to interact with elected officials. He wants to do things by executive order.

  3. Eric Trump:

    That is the person Ill remind the mainstream media -- who went into overdrive with a love fest of sorts for Kamala Harris,whenever it was announced that she was the vice presidential running mate of Joe Biden, its still, Joe, at the top of the ticket. So our strategy has always been to remind people about the incredible job that this president did with his first three-and-a-half years in office.

  4. Melanie Katzman:

    Blaming an imaginary co-worker or house staff like :' I can't believe XXX didn't take the dishes out of the dishwasher !' or' XX is a such a loud worker !' breaks the tension, it breaks the tension, it's OK to laugh. We can't be in constant overdrive.

  5. Pam Peeke:

    If your body no longer takes in high volumes of fat or sugar, then one day out of the blue you dump a load of fat and sugar in your body, physiologically your gastrointestinal tract will react, your gut enzymes as well as bile have to go into overdrive, as they have been quiescent. This is a hardship on the body and trust me, you'll pay for it with diarrhea, upset stomach, and bloating.

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