from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An amount in excess of need; a surplus.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Surplus; that which remains after a supply or beyond a quantity proposed; excess.

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

  • noun That which remains after a supply, or beyond a quantity proposed; surplus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun That which remains beyond what is necessary or required; a surplus.

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

  • noun extreme excess


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From over- + Anglo-Norman plus, Middle French plus.


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  • When the overplus is abused, it is just with God to diminish that which is for necessity.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi) 1721

  • Another circumstance omitted to be noticed in the first edition relates to what is technically called the overplus, which may be now explained.

    On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures Charles Babbage 1831

  • They may profit by an "overplus," or be paid by the length of a "run" of their plays, or may sell them out-right at once for a stipulated sum.

    A Book of the Play Studies and Illustrations of Histrionic Story, Life, and Character Dutton Cook 1856

  • "overplus" lands, 101 acres in, called the 12th draught of, deeded to Gideon Searl by administrator of Josiah Searl, representatives, ..... shirts, etc., for army,

    Acts and resolves passed by the General Court 1663

  • I am careless, improvident, uncautious, happy out of sheer well - being and overplus of physical energy.

    Chapter 15 2010

  • I was never so nauseated in my life with overplus of fallacy.

    Chapter 5: The Philomaths 2010

  • The populations of the Solar System had been carefully figured to the last decimal point and portioned out among the planets according to food - and employment-potential, so that nowhere was there a scarcity or an overplus, and nobody's individual whim was allowed to upset the balance.

    Archive 2010-01-01 Blue Tyson 2010

  • He was undeniably handsome, and his looks were enhanced by a warm overplus of blood in the cheeks and a certain mellow fire in the eyes.

    CHAPTER 11 2010

  • Nothing was left over — it was a discreditable thing to have any overplus at all.

    In the Days of the Comet Herbert George 2006

  • Then let him count the years of the sale thereof, and restore the overplus unto the man to whom he sold it; that he may return unto his possession.

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences 2006


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