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

  • n. A size that is larger than usual.
  • n. An oversize article or object.
  • adj. Larger in size than usual or necessary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Larger than normal
  • adj. Excessively large

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To surpass in size.
  • transitive v. To cover with viscid matter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To surpass in bulk or size.
  • To cover with size or viscid matter.
  • Of excessive size; specifically, noting material which is too large to pass through the meshes of a given screen or sieve. That which passes through the meshes receives one sort of treatment; the oversize, or oversized material, passes off from the screen on its upper surface to a subsequent process.
  • n. Material that is oversize.

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

  • adj. larger than normal for its kind


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