What does overrun mean?

Definitions for overrun
ˌoʊ vərˈrʌn; ˈoʊ vərˌrʌnover·run

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. overproduction, overrun(verb)

    too much production or more than expected

  2. infest, overrun(verb)

    invade in great numbers

    "the roaches infested our kitchen"

  3. invade, overrun, infest(verb)

    occupy in large numbers or live on a host

    "the Kudzu plant infests much of the South and is spreading to the North"

  4. overflow, overrun, well over, run over, brim over(verb)

    flow or run over (a limit or brim)

  5. overrun(verb)

    seize the position of and defeat

    "the Crusaders overran much of the Holy Land"

  6. overrun(verb)

    run beyond or past

    "The plane overran the runway"


  1. overrun(Noun)

    An instance of overrunning

  2. overrun(Noun)

    The amount by which something overruns

    At least this year's overrun isn't as unmanagable as last year!

  3. overrun(Verb)

    To defeat an enemy and invade in great numbers, seizing his positions conclusively.

  4. overrun(Verb)

    To infest, swarm over, flow over

  5. overrun(Verb)

    To run past; exceed

  6. overrun(Verb)

    To continue for too long.

  7. overrun(Verb)

    To readjust by shifting the excess letter(s) to the next line of a set type

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Overrun

    ō-vėr-run′, v.t. to run or spread over: to grow over: to spread over and take possession of: to crush down: (B.) to run faster than: to pass in running: to extend composed types beyond their first limit.—v.i. to run over: to extend beyond the right length, as a line or page in printing.—n. Overrun′ner, one that overruns.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. overrun

    1. [techspeak] Term for a frequent consequence of data arriving faster than it can be consumed, esp. in serial line communications. For example, at 9600 baud there is almost exactly one character per millisecond, so if a silo can hold only two characters and the machine takes longer than 2 msec to get to service the interrupt, at least one character will be lost. 2. Also applied to non-serial-I/O communications. “I forgot to pay my electric bill due to mail overrun.” “Sorry, I got four phone calls in 3 minutes last night and lost your message to overrun.” When thrashing at tasks, the next person to make a request might be told “Overrun!” Compare firehose syndrome. 3. More loosely, may refer to a buffer overflow not necessarily related to processing time (as in overrun screw).

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. overrun

    In a military sense, to ravage, to lay waste. A country which is harassed by incursions is said to be overrun.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of overrun in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of overrun in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of overrun in a Sentence

  1. Greg Abbott:

    The state of Texas and the Department of Public Safety are working closely with local law enforcement to provide resources as needed and deliver justice for this heinous attack, i thank the first responders who have acted swiftly and admirably under pressure, and I want to remind all Texans that we will not allow the Lone Star State to be overrun by hatred and violence. We will unite, as Texans always do, to respond to this tragedy.

  2. Karl Ake Roghe:

    We don't see that they are going to be overrun, we don't think we will see here in Afghanistan what we have seen in Iraq, the Afghan security forces are much more stable. But the cost will be enormous and it will take a long time, the next five years, until they will be more efficient and better equipped so they can do the fight with less cost.

  3. Mark Kirk:

    Hines VA -- the hospital that has been overrun with cockroaches and mold and left vets waiting for care for months on secret wait lists,has reached a new low in thetreatmentof our veterans.

  4. The President:

    The dilemma is that if you're weak, if you're weak, which some people would like you to be, if you're really, really pathetically weak, the country's going to be overrun with millions of people, and if The President're strong, then The President don't have any heart. That's a tough dilemma. Perhaps I would rather be strong, but that's a tough dilemma.

  5. Ambassador Matthew Tueller:

    Political dialogue won't work if Hadi is overrun and captured, and Aden falls, which could happen very quickly, all sides recognize that there really isn't any alternative but to reach an agreement on power-sharing.

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  • تجاوزArabic
  • سرازیر شدنPersian
  • voorbijlopen, overstromen, overschrijding, overschijden, overrompelen, overstroming, overrompeling, inhalenDutch
  • infestarPortuguese
  • översvämmaSwedish

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