What does overrun mean?

Definitions for overrunˌoʊ vərˈrʌn; ˈoʊ vərˌrʌn

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

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).


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Zaw Aye Maung:

    We are now in danger of being overrun by these Bangladeshis.

  2. Erin Hunter:

    What should we do? We can't let the forest be overrun by foxes! What about my kits?

  3. Dan Kelly:

    By Thanksgiving things had exploded. The hospital was getting overrun by Ebola patients.

  4. Mohammad Hashim Alokozai:

    I warn the government, if the Taliban overrun Lashkar Gah it will not be as easy to take it back as it was in Kunduz.

  5. Graeme Smith:

    The loss of a provincial capital would have profound effects, even if the city was overrun only for a matter of hours.

Images & Illustrations of overrun

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Translations for overrun

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

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

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