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overload

[v. oh-ver-lohd; n. oh-ver-lohd] /v. ˌoʊ vərˈloʊd; n. ˈoʊ vərˌloʊd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to load to excess; overburden:
Don't overload the raft or it will sink.
noun
2.
an excessive load.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; over- + load
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Examples from the web for overload
  • The trick isn't to cut time on our devices, but to avoid information overload and content that makes us unhappy.
  • There is a danger, in short, of information overload.
  • Many of the systemic flaws are due less to corruption than to judicial overload.
  • The show's ratings have never been great, though, and it's now in danger of unseemly guest-star overload.
  • When using informational texts, students can easily overload their short-term memory.
  • For the spontaneous shopper, the diversity of offerings at a farmers market can result in sensory overload.
  • Because this is far more stimulus than their natural environment could create, this sensory overload can cause a dog stress.
  • The sheer visual overload of a good bait ball is difficult to describe.
  • Or a hacker could overload an emergency response by reporting multiple accidents to create a diversion.
  • It leaves the reader with an overload of brutal images.
British Dictionary definitions for overload

overload

verb (ˌəʊvəˈləʊd)
1.
(transitive) to put too large a load on or in
noun (ˈəʊvəˌləʊd)
2.
an excessive load
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Word Origin and History for overload
v.

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.

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