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overall

[adv. oh-ver-awl; adj., n. oh-ver-awl]
adverb, adjective
1.
from one extreme limit of a thing to the other: the overall length of the bridge.
2.
covering or includingeverything: an overall impression; to view something overall.
noun
3.
overalls, (used with a plural verb)
a.
loose, sturdy trousers, usually with a bib or biblike piece to which shoulder straps are attached, originally worn over other trousers to protect them, as by factory workers or farmers.
b.
long waterproof leggings.
4.
British. a smock or loose-fitting housedress.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English overal (adv.), Old English ofer eall; see over, all

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overall
 
adj
1.  from one end to the other
2.  including or covering everything: the overall cost
 
adv
3.  in general; on the whole
 
n
4.  (Brit) a protective work garment usually worn over ordinary clothes
5.  (plural) hard-wearing work trousers with a bib and shoulder straps or jacket attached

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Word Origin & History

overall
"everywhere," O.E. ofer eall, from ofer "over" + eall "all;" sense of "including everything" is from 1894. Clothing sense (usually plural) of "loose trousers of a strong material worn by cowboys, etc." is from 1782. Specific sense "loose fitting canvas trousers with a bib and strap top" (originally worn
by workmen over other clothes to protect them from wet, dirt, etc.) is attested from 1897.
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