"You canker blossom!" 3 Shakespearean Insults


[v. oh-ver-drahyv; n. oh-ver-drahyv] /v. ˌoʊ vərˈdraɪv; n. ˈoʊ vərˌdraɪv/
verb (used with object), overdrove, overdriven, overdriving.
to push or carry to excess; overwork.
to drive too hard.
Machinery, Automotive. a device containing a gear set at such ratio and arrangement as to provide a drive shaft speed greater than the engine crankshaft speed.
Informal. an intense state of activity or productivity:
The political campaign has shifted into overdrive.
Origin of overdrive
before 950; Middle English overdriven to cover over, overpower; Old English oferdrīfan to drive away, overthrow. See over-, drive Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for overdrive
  • Their sniffers ran on overdrive for several hours following the injection.
  • Too much sends it into overdrive and can have a negative impact on function.
  • And with the uptick in demand, chocolatiers are throwing experimentation into overdrive.
  • overdrive manages digital rights for e-books in nearly every format.
  • Growth, and with it the stock market, went into overdrive.
  • For the moment, the bail-out tacticians are in overdrive.
  • But because the opportunity to be creative is now in reach, the desire for the means to be creative goes into overdrive.
  • overdrive, a large e-book distributor for libraries, released its app for e-books.
  • The manual's sixth gear is essentially overdrive, lowering engine revs to boost freeway fuel economy.
  • The result will send both parties' spin machines into overdrive.
British Dictionary definitions for overdrive


noun (ˈəʊvəˌdraɪv)
a very high gear in a motor vehicle used at high speeds to reduce wear and save fuel
in overdrive, in a state of intense activity
into overdrive, into a state of intense activity
verb (ˌəʊvəˈdraɪv) -drives, -driving, -drove, -driven
(transitive) to drive too hard or too far; overwork or overuse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for overdrive

"speed-increasing gear in an automobile," 1929, from over- + drive (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
overdrive in Technology

An Intel Pentium processor which fits into a socket designed to accomodate an Intel 486, or into a special upgrade socket on the motherboard.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for overdrive

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for overdrive

Scrabble Words With Friends