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overset

[v. oh-ver-set; n. oh-ver-set] /v. ˌoʊ vərˈsɛt; n. ˈoʊ vərˌsɛt/
verb (used with object), overset, oversetting.
1.
to upset or overturn; overthrow.
2.
to throw into confusion; disorder physically or mentally.
verb (used without object), overset, oversetting.
3.
to become upset, overturned, or overthrown.
4.
Printing.
  1. (of type or copy) to set in or to excess.
  2. (of space) to set too much type for.
noun
5.
the act or fact of oversetting; upset; overturn.
6.
Also called overmatter. Printing. matter set up in excess of space.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English oversetten; see over-, set
Related forms
oversetter, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for over set

overset

verb (transitive) (ˌəʊvəˈsɛt) -sets, -setting, -set
1.
to disturb or upset
2.
(printing) to set (type or copy) in excess of the space available
noun (ˈəʊvəˌsɛt)
3.
another name for overmatter
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