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override

[v. oh-ver-rahyd; n. oh-ver-rahyd]
verb (used with object), overrode, overridden, overriding.
1.
to prevail or have dominance over; have final authority or say over; overrule: to override one's advisers.
2.
to disregard, set aside, or nullify; countermand: to override the board's veto.
3.
to take precedence over; preempt or supersede: to override any other considerations.
4.
to extend beyond or spread over; overlap.
5.
to modify or suspend the ordinary functioning of; alter the normal operation of.
6.
to ride over or across.
7.
to ride past or beyond.
8.
to trample or crush; ride down.
9.
to ride (a horse) too much.
10.
Fox Hunting. to ride too closely behind (the hounds).
noun
11.
a commission on sales or profits, especially one paid at the executive or managerial level.
12.
budgetary or expense increase; exceeding of an estimate: work stoppage because of cost overrides.
13.
an ability or allowance to correct, change, supplement, or suspend the operation of an otherwise automatic mechanism, system, etc.
14.
an auxiliary device for such modification, as a special manual control.
15.
an act of nullifying, canceling, or setting aside: a congressional override of the president's veto.
16.
Radio and Television Slang. something that is a dominant or major facet of a program or series, especially something that serves as a unifying theme: an entertainment series with a historical override.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English overriden to ride over or across, Old English oferrīdan. See over-, ride

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override (ˌəʊvəˈraɪd)
 
vb , -rides, -riding, -rode, -ridden
1.  to set aside or disregard with superior authority or power
2.  to supersede or annul
3.  to dominate or vanquish by or as if by trampling down
4.  to take manual control of (a system that is usually under automatic control)
5.  to extend or pass over, esp to overlap
6.  to ride (a horse) too hard
7.  to ride over or across
 
n
8.  a device or system that can override an automatic control

overriding (ˌəʊvəˈraɪdɪŋ)
 
adj
taking precedence

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override
O.E. oferridan, from ofer "over" + ridan "to ride" (see ride (v.)). Originally literal, of cavalry, etc. Fig. meaning "to set aside arrogantly" is from 1827. The mechanical sense "to suspend automatic operation" is attested from 1946.
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Medical Dictionary

overriding o·ver·rid·ing (ō'vər-rī'dĭng)
adj.

  1. First in priority; more important than all others.

  2. Of or relating to a fracture in which the broken ends of the bone slip past each other and are held in the overlap position by contracted muscles.

  3. Of or relating to a fetal head that is palpable above the pubic symphysis because of the disproportion between the size of the fetal head and the size of the maternal pelvis.

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overriding definition

programming
Redefining in a child class a method or function member defined in a parent class.
Not to be confused with "overloading".
(1996-12-21)
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Example sentences
The idea that what happens in infancy might be of overriding importance in
  later development was also questionable.
But there is one overriding reason for these mistakes.
He talks the language of reunification, but his overriding aim is to keep
  himself and his cronies in power.
The overriding importance of economic growth suggests that aid, in itself, is
  no cure-all.
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