[oh-ver-draft, -drahft]
an act or instance of overdrawing a checking account.
a check overdrawn on a checking account.
the amount overdrawn.
an excessive drawing on or drawing off of something.
a draft made to pass over a fire, as in a furnace.
a draft passing downward through a kiln.
Metalworking. a tendency of a rolled piece to curve upward after passing through a stand, occurring when the lower roll is faster than the upper.
Compare underdraft.

1875–80; over- + draft

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overdraft (ˈəʊvəˌdrɑːft)
1.  a draft or withdrawal of money in excess of the credit balance on a bank or building-society cheque account
2.  the amount of money drawn or withdrawn thus

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Word Origin & History

1878, in the banking sense, from over + draft.
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Cultural Dictionary

overdraft definition

The amount by which a check exceeds the funds on deposit to cover it.

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Example sentences
It provides a handy visual record of how much money you have left, and when you
  run out, you don't incur overdraft fees.
For example, politicians complained that overdraft fees were unfair, so they
  made new laws limiting them.
It was a precautionary and unconditional overdraft offered only to top-quality
  borrowers, say officials.
During past recession scares any shortfall in income from jobs and investments
  could be bridged by a bank overdraft or loan.
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