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[v. oh-ver-lohd; n. oh-ver-lohd] /v. ˌoʊ vərˈloʊd; n. ˈoʊ vərˌloʊd/
verb (used with object)
to load to excess; overburden:
Don't overload the raft or it will sink.
an excessive load.
Origin of overload
1545-55; over- + load Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The erudition is borne with ease; it does not clog or overload the poet's impulse.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volume 2 (of 7) John Addington Symonds
  • "I suppose it's possible to overload the thing," Micheals said doubtfully.

    The Leech Phillips Barbee
  • Fully charged, they'll put a man out for half an hour, overload his nervous system.

    Forget Me Nearly Floyd L. Wallace
  • People who have been having a famine should not overload their stomachs!

  • It would be absurd to overload so small and popularly written a book with references and authorities.

    Charles Darwin Grant Allen
British Dictionary definitions for overload


verb (ˌəʊvəˈləʊd)
(transitive) to put too large a load on or in
noun (ˈəʊvəˌləʊd)
an excessive load
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for overload

1550s, "to place too great a burden on," from over- + load (v.). Intransitive sense from 1961. Related: Overloaded; overloading. The noun is attested from 1640s; of electrical current, from 1904. Middle English had overlade (v.) in this sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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