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Overload   /ˈoʊvərlˌoʊd/   Listen

(past & past part. overloaded; pres. part. overloading)
Become overloaded.
Fill to excess so that function is impaired.  Synonym: clog.  "The story was clogged with too many details"
Place too much a load on.  Synonyms: overcharge, surcharge.

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"Overload" Quotes from Famous Books

... getting almighty tired of watery victuals, and besides, I was losing my appetite for the rubber tap. The reason I didn't get a cookie or a chicken bone, I figured, was because I was now handling everything in my crop, and it wouldn't do to crowd it too hard or I might choke—the overload point being very close to ...
— Cupid's Middleman • Edward B. Lent

... young men, these monks, with heavy, sad eyes, and graceful, slender figures, which their monastic life will presently overload with gross humanity full of coarse appetites. They go and stand beside the bier, giving a curious touch of solemnity to a scene composed of the four pleasant ruffians in the loaferish postures which they have learned as ...
— Venetian Life • W. D. Howells

... prelate, although treated with marked respect by Egmont, was the object of much banter and coarse pleasantry by the ruder portion of the guests. Especially these convivial gentlemen took infinite pains to overload him with challenges to huge bumpers of wine; it being thought very desirable, if possible; to place the Archbishop under the table. This pleasantry was alternated with much rude sarcasm concerning the new bishoprics. The conversation ...
— The Rise of the Dutch Republic, 1555-1566 • John Lothrop Motley

... precious metal lay in shining heaps upon the floors of the palace. 'Take what you will of it,' said Cortes to the soldiers; 'better you should have it than those Mexican hounds. But be careful not to overload yourselves: he travels safest who travels lightest.' His own wary soldiers took heed to his counsel, taking few treasures, and those of the smallest size. But the troops of Narvaez thought that the very mines of Mexico lay open before them, and the riches for which they had risked so much ...
— The True Story Book • Andrew Lang

Words linked to "Overload" :   burden, fill up, laden, lade, load up, make full, loading, load, fill

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