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

  • adjective Overpowering in effect or strength.

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

  • adjective Overpowering; irresistible.

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

  • verb Present participle of to overwhelm.
  • adjective Overpowering, staggering, or irresistibly strong.
  • adjective Very great or intense.
  • adjective Extreme.

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  • adjective so strong as to be irresistible
  • adjective very intense


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  • very intense

    Ex: overwhelming joy

    November 20, 2007

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