What does overdrive mean?

Definitions for overdriveˈoʊ vərˌdraɪv; ˌoʊ vərˈdraɪv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word overdrive.

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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  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. Russ Teplitzky:

    We knew about the drill, and you’d think you can prepare for this. But you see the shooter come in, you hear the shots being fired, it starts going through your mind, heart starts to race and you go into overdrive, i had no idea I would feel that way. Like I said, we knew it was coming.

  4. 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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