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Definitions for overload
ˌoʊ vərˈloʊd; ˈoʊ vərˌloʊdover·load

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. overloadnoun

    an electrical load that exceeds the available electrical power

  2. overload, overburdenverb

    an excessive burden

  3. overloadverb

    become overloaded

    "The aerator overloaded"

  4. clog, overloadverb

    fill to excess so that function is impaired

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

  5. overload, surcharge, overchargeverb

    place too much a load on

    "don't overload the car"


  1. overloadnoun

    An excessive load.

  2. overloadnoun

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

  3. overloadnoun

    An overloaded version of a function.

  4. overloadverb

    to load excessively

  5. overloadverb

    to provide too much power to a circuit

  6. overloadverb

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

  7. overloadverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Overload

    ō-vėr-lōd′, v.t. to load or fill overmuch.—n. an excessive load.

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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of overload in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of overload in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of overload in a Sentence

  1. Robert Wickens:

    It's weird it is kind of a mental overload my brain was exploding from figuring out how to use the hand brakes the feeling of it and everything, it is a lot of work to do in a short amount of time.

  2. County Mayor Carlos Gimenez:

    After all the success we have had tamping down the COVID-19 curve, we cannot turn back and overload our hospitals, putting our doctors and nurses at greater risk with more emergency room cases, everyone must do their part and follow the rules.

  3. Tiffany Owens:

    Much like slow food, I've long been a proponent of slow travel, spending six months to a few years in each new destination with different jobs, instead of racing around the globe to fill passports and Instagram feeds in a sensory overload, slower travel provides an opportunity to more fully immerse oneself in and explore each new place.

  4. Frank Gabrin:

    I now believe that compassion fatigue is a misnomer and that the real name for this condition should be empathetic overload, i also believe that compassion fatigue and burnout need never occur, and if they do, there is a clear path back to solid emotional health. I believe that I have found the path that will quickly bring us all back from burnout and I am extremely passionate about sharing what I have learned with all of you.

  5. Parker Ellen:

    Your CEO should be actively running the company, not trying to balance the two, you could be concerned about burnout from the role overload, and the conflict of trying to manage both simultaneously.

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    someone who takes the place of another person
    • A. urban
    • B. alternate
    • C. noninvasive
    • D. hatched

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