Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To cover (something) with writing.
  • transitive v. To write about in an artificial or an excessively elaborate, wordy style.
  • transitive v. Computer Science To destroy or lose (old data) by recording new data over it: accidentally overwrote an important document.
  • transitive v. Computer Science To record (new data) on top of already stored data, thus destroying the old data: overwrote an updated document on top of an earlier draft.
  • intransitive v. To write artificial, excessively elaborate, or wordy prose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To destroy old data by recording new data over it.
  • v. To cover in writing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To write over some other writing, or to cover, as a manuscript, with other writing.
  • To superscribe; entitle.

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

  • v. write new data on top of existing data and thus erase the previously existing data

Etymologies

From over- +‎ write. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Goldman Sachs derivatives strategists this week recommended such an "overwrite" strategy for shares in home-improvement twins Lowe's and

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  • For shareholders, selling calls can be an "overwrite" strategy that generates income and sets up a potential exit from the stock.

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  • Take part in a social music sharing event with a difference - in CD-Recycled 45rpm Aleks Kolkowski uses his vintage record cutter to 'overwrite' existing data and cut grooves on CDs/DVDs so they can be played on a turntable.

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  • Truth to tell, I wanted to edit and polish it a bit more but was afraid of two things: first, given my workload, I might not have enough time; and second, that I might 'overwrite'.

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  • There is a overloaded parameter calledd "overwrite", set this to true, for example:

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  • I did use Resco Explorer in my initial attempts and managed to "overwrite" files from the rom, but the drivers are just not functioning that way.

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  • To offset any anticipated negative impacts to gold and silver prices, investors can "overwrite" their iShares Silver Trust (SLV) with out-of-the-money call options that expire in January.

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  • The interface provided by Data Sweeper Pro offers instant access to it's core features such as: active list of files to be shredded, shred method (random char fill or zero overwrite which is faster, by the way) and one final important parameter: the number of passes in the shredding process.

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  • i have re-install it without formating the (ext4) drive, and it become a kind of overwrite (i think so, because my wallpaper and a few more things are as it was.) lisati

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  • We use a high frequency neuroreprogrammer to overwrite his frontal and temporal lobes with synaptic data that we record from your brain.

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