What does overrun mean?

Definitions for overrun
ˌoʊ vərˈrʌn; ˈoʊ vərˌrʌnover·run

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. overproduction, overrunverb

    too much production or more than expected

  2. infest, overrunverb

    invade in great numbers

    "the roaches infested our kitchen"

  3. invade, overrun, infestverb

    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 oververb

    flow or run over (a limit or brim)

  5. overrunverb

    seize the position of and defeat

    "the Crusaders overran much of the Holy Land"

  6. overrunverb

    run beyond or past

    "The plane overran the runway"


  1. overrunnoun

    An instance of overrunning

  2. overrunnoun

    The amount by which something overruns

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

  3. overrunverb

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

  4. overrunverb

    To infest, swarm over, flow over

  5. overrunverb

    To run past; exceed

  6. overrunverb

    To continue for too long.

  7. overrunverb

    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.

How to pronounce overrun?

How to say overrun in sign language?


  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. John Nicholson:

    It's when they're in a defensive posture, such as in checkpoints being overrun, is where the majority of the casualties are occurring.

  2. Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka:

    What we have demonstrated is that the rule of law, the essential measure for us is that we want to register people who come to Austria, that our borders are not overrun.

  3. 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.

  4. Congresswoman Cheney:

    I'm honored to have been named to serve on the January 6th select committee. Congress is obligated to conduct a full investigation of the most serious attack on our Capitol since 1814. That day saw the most sacred space in our Republic overrun by an angry and violent mob attempting to stop the counting of electoral votes and threatening the peaceful transfer of power.

  5. Donald Trump:

    If you don't want Central America to be overrun by masses of illegal aliens and giant caravans, you'd better vote Republican, these are tough people. These are not angels. These are not little angels. These are tough people. And we're not letting them into our country. They're not coming in illegally.

Images & Illustrations of overrun

  1. overrunoverrunoverrunoverrunoverrun

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for overrun

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for overrun »


Find a translation for the overrun definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these overrun definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "overrun." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 24 Jan. 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/overrun>.

    Are we missing a good definition for overrun? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    evincing the presence of a deity
    • A. numinous
    • B. pecuniary
    • C. dicotyledonous
    • D. naiant

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for overrun: