from The Century Dictionary.

  • To pass over or through; go over; traverse.
  • To cover.
  • To excel; go beyond; surpass; exceed.
  • To overcome; weigh down; oppress.
  • To surmount; get the better of.
  • To go by; pass over; pass away; disappear.
  • To go to excess; be extravagant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb rare To travel over.
  • transitive verb obsolete To exceed; to surpass.
  • transitive verb obsolete To cover.
  • transitive verb obsolete To oppress; to weigh down.

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  • noun genetics A sequence of overlapping oligonucleotides, used to design hybridization.


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Blend of overlapping and oligonucleotide.

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From Middle English overgon, from Old English ofergān ("to pass over, beyond, across, traverse, cross, transgress, overstep, overrun, overcome, overspread, conquer, come upon, overtake, seize, attack, pass off, pass away, end, overreach"), corresponding to over- +‎ go. Cognate with Dutch overgaan, German übergehen, Swedish övergå.


  • So did she, talking and telling as they went; and she went on a pace before him, and howsoever long or hardly he might stride he might not overgo her.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • Penia or Atalanta shall not overgo them, through seas, deserts, mountains, and dangerous places, as they did to gaze on Psyche: many mortal men came far and near to see that glorious object of her age, Paris for Helena, Corebus to Troja.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Shakespeare's handling of the tinker's subject, however, like other rude and homely matters taken up by an acute mind is such as to fasten deeper attention and to overgo a tinker's appreciation.

    Shakespeare Study Programs; The Comedies

  • And when the King saw him he ran to kiss him, and began to make such joy of him as none could overgo.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1 From the Beginning to 1800

  • To be plaine, I am voyde of al judgement, if your nine Com{oe}dies, whereunto, in imitation of Herodotus, you give the names of the Nine Muses, and (in one man's fansie not unworthily), come not neerer Ariostoes Com{oe}dies, eyther for the finenesse of plausible elocution, or the rareness of poetical invention, than that Elvish queene doth to his Orlando Furioso, which notwithstanding, you will needes seem to emulate, and hope to overgo, as you flatly professed yourself in one of your last letters.

    A Biography of Edmund Spenser

  • And to all men a term is set, which none may overgo.

    The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Volume II

  • So did she, talking and telling as they went; and she went on a pace before him, and howsoever long or hardly he might stride he might not overgo her.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • The fixed stars overgo Saturn, and so in them and the rest all is but one motion, and the nearer the earth the slower; a motion also whereof air and water do participate, though much interrupted.

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 3

  • The peculiar melody and profuse imagination which the pastoral disclosed at once placed its author in the forefront of living poets, but a far greater work was already in hand; and from some words of Gabriel Harvey's we see Spenser bent on rivalling Ariosto, and even hoping "to overgo" the "Orlando Furioso" in his "Elvish Queen."

    History of the English People, Volume V (of 8) Puritan England, 1603-1660

  • Ten thousand men would fully cover the artillery and cavalry and perhaps considerably overgo it -- (The return for the 31st of May, just four days before the commencement of the movement, shows the infantry to have been 54,356 for duty, cavalry 9,536, and artillery 4,460, total 68,352. This return was not accessible to me when the within was written.)--150 guns would cover all of our artillery, and they consisted of field pieces, the most of which had been captured from the enemy.

    Lieutenant General Jubal Anderson Early C.S.A. : autobiographical sketch and narrative of the War between the States,


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