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[adv. oh-ver-awl; adj., n. oh-ver-awl] /adv. ˈoʊ vərˈɔl; adj., n. ˈoʊ vərˌɔl/
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)
  1. 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.
  2. long waterproof leggings.
4.
British. a smock or loose-fitting housedress.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English overal (adv.), Old English ofer eall; see over, all
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  • They were devised to give the general investor a guide to the overall mood of the market.
  • The general-intelligence theory says that our bigger and more complex brains give us an overall edge.
  • Develop and implement changes to program-specific and overall plans to support achievement of enrollment and revenue targets c.
  • Dangers come in so many forms, and it's tough to compare countries by overall risk.
  • Skylights help reduce overall lighting costs by bringing natural daylight from above into the home.
  • The successful candidate must contribute to the overall strength of the accounting degree and the business department.
  • And because gas is cheap, overall energy use grows a bit faster.
  • Depending on their expertise, their work in particular areas and those are important components of the overall ecosystem.
  • If telomeres are up for one cell type, they're up for others overall.
  • Soft gray and white towels and neutral-toned bath accessories meld with the overall palette.
British Dictionary definitions for overall

overall

adjective (prenominal) (ˈəʊvərˌɔːl)
1.
from one end to the other
2.
including or covering everything: the overall cost
adverb (ˌəʊvərˈɔːl)
3.
in general; on the whole
noun (ˈəʊvərˌɔːl)
4.
(Brit) a protective work garment usually worn over ordinary clothes
5.
(pl) hard-wearing work trousers with a bib and shoulder straps or jacket attached
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Word Origin and History for overall
adv.

"everywhere," Old English ofer eall, from ofer "over" (see over) + eall (see all). Sense of "including everything" is from 1894. The noun in the 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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