Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To seize the positions of and defeat conclusively: The position of the forward infantry was overrun by large numbers of enemy troops at dawn.
  • transitive v. To spread or swarm over destructively: Locusts overran the prairie.
  • transitive v. To spread swiftly throughout: The new fashion overran the country.
  • transitive v. To overflow: The river overran its banks.
  • transitive v. To run beyond or past; overshoot: The plane overran the end of the runway.
  • transitive v. To run or extend beyond (a limit); exceed: Your speech has overrun the time limit.
  • transitive v. Printing To rearrange or move (set type or pictures) from one column, line, or page to another.
  • transitive v. Printing To set too much type for.
  • transitive v. Printing To print (a job order) in a quantity larger than that ordered.
  • intransitive v. To run over; overflow.
  • intransitive v. To go beyond the normal or desired limit.
  • n. An act of overrunning.
  • n. The amount by which something overruns.
  • n. The exceeding of estimated costs for product development and manufacture covered by contract.
  • n. The amount by which actual costs exceed estimates.
  • n. Printing A run over and above the quantity ordered by a customer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To defeat an enemy and invade in great numbers, seizing his positions conclusively.
  • v. To infest, swarm over, flow over
  • v. To run past; exceed
  • v. To continue for too long.
  • v. To readjust by shifting the excess letter(s) to the next line of a set type
  • n. An instance of overrunning
  • n. The amount by which something overruns

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To run, pass, spread, or flow over or by something; to be beyond, or in excess.
  • intransitive v. To extend beyond its due or desired length.
  • transitive v. To run over; to grow or spread over in excess; to invade and occupy; to take possession of
  • transitive v. To exceed in distance or speed of running; to go beyond or pass in running.
  • transitive v. To go beyond; to extend in part beyond.
  • transitive v. To abuse or oppress, as if by treading upon.
  • transitive v.
  • transitive v. To carry over, or back, as type, from one line or page into the next after, or next before.
  • transitive v. To extend the contents of (a line, column, or page) into the next line, column, or page.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To run over in speech or in thought; traverse; go over.
  • To run or spread over; grow over; cover all over; extend over or throughout; be propagated throughout.
  • To harass by hostile incursions; overcome and take possession of by invasion.
  • To outrun; run faster than (another) and leave (him) behind.
  • To run beyond; exceed; especially, to go beyond some prescribed or recognized limit, as of space or time.
  • To run over or run down; tread down; over-whelm; crash by superior force.
  • In printing, to extend, as composed types, beyond the limit first determined; carry over (words or lines) to the next line, column, or page.
  • To become superabundant or excessive; overflow; run over.
  • To extend beyond the due or desired length, as a line or page in printing, or beyond any prescribed or desired limit, as in the paying out of a line from a reel, etc.
  • n. In printing, composed type run over into the next line or page, to make space for something else, etc. See overrun, v. t., 7.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. flow or run over (a limit or brim)
  • v. occupy in large numbers or live on a host
  • v. seize the position of and defeat
  • v. invade in great numbers
  • v. run beyond or past
  • n. too much production or more than expected

Etymologies

over- +‎ run. (Wiktionary)

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