American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To throw into a confused or disturbed state; upset: "The news is sure to overset him” ( Charles Dickens).
- v. Printing To set (type or copy) in excess of what is needed.
- v. Printing To set too much type for (a given space).
- v. Printing To set too much material for a given space.
- n. Printing Too much typeset matter.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To set over.
- To turn over; overturn; capsize.
- To overthrow; subvert; overturn.
- To overcome.
- To overcharge; assess at too high a rate.
- To be overturned; he upset.
- n. An upsetting; overturn; ruin.
- n. An excess; superfluity.
- To compose or set more type than is needed for a prescribed space.
- Said of composed type that exceeds in amount the space prescribed.
- Offset; not set in line: said of rivet-holes, partially blind.
- v. obsolete To set over (something); to cover.
- v. obsolete To overwhelm; to overthrow, defeat.
- v. To physically disturb (someone); to make nauseous, upset.
- v. To knock over, capsize, overturn.
- v. To unbalance (a situation, state etc.); to confuse, to put into disarray.
- v. printing to set (type or copy) in excess of what is needed; to set too much type for a given space.
- v. transitive To translate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To turn or tip (anything) over from an upright, or a proper, position so that it lies upon its side or bottom upwards; to upset.
- v. To cause to fall, or to fail; to subvert; to overthrow.
- v. obsolete To fill too full.
- v. To turn, or to be turned, over; to be upset.
- n. An upsetting; overturn; overthrow.
- n. obsolete An excess; superfluity.
- From Middle English oversetten ("to set over, upset"), from Old English ofersettan ("to set over, conquer, overcome"), corresponding to over- + set, from Proto-Germanic *uber (“over”) + *satjanan (“to set”). Compare Dutch overzetten ("to ferry, transport, translate"), German übersetzen ("to cross over, translate"). (Wiktionary)
“How "overset" I was all yesterday by the fierce pain I had suffered, and the want of sleep, and worst of all, I think, the chloroform I had/swallowed/, I cannot describe.”
““Help me,” said the poor fellow, as I drew nigh; but before I could reach the horses, they had turned rapidly round, one of the fore-wheels flew from its axle-tree, the chaise was overset, and the postillion flung violently from his seat upon the field.”
“A lemon posset was fine on flavour, but slightly overset.”
“The only true failure of the night was an overset pannacotta, overlaid with a layer of chocolate mousse so heavy it had its own gravitational pull.”
“Shifting around in an effort to help might well overset them all.”
“She is right, Jason," the Salamander said merrily, making her turn her head so suddenly to look at it that she nearly overset her coffee-cup.”
“In my agitation I overset my cup, coffee all over the shop.”
“Her valise sat in a clever tray bolted to the top of an oak washstand, to keep anything placed in it from being overset.”
“No bird, no cat; the heavy weight on his chest had been the cot; he had overset it on top of himself.”
“Being overset by the number of choices I had in clothes this morning.”
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