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overall

[adverb oh-ver-awl; adjective, noun oh-ver-awl] /adverb ˈoʊ vərˈɔl; adjective, noun ˈoʊ vərˌɔl/
adverb, adjective
1.
from one extreme limit of a thing to the other:
the overall length of the bridge.
2.
covering or including everything:
an overall impression; to view something overall.
noun
3.
overalls, (used with a plural verb)
  1. loose, sturdy trousers, usually with a bib or biblike piece to which shoulder straps are attached, originally worn over other trousers to protect them, as by factory workers or farmers.
  2. long waterproof leggings.
4.
British. a smock or loose-fitting housedress.
Origin of overall
1000
before 1000; Middle English overal (adv.), Old English ofer eall; see over, all
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  • Another score for his doubts about the overall value of truth!

    The Valor of Cappen Varra Poul William Anderson
  • The last station seemed to be some kind of overall control for the rest.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • Your squadron is to be deployed as scouts under my overall command.

    Mercenary Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • There's my brown Holland overall, and Hudson could brush my hair, and make it tidy.

    The Children of Wilton Chase Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • I have no recommendations for an overall solution, or even a regional one.

    This Crowded Earth Robert Bloch
British Dictionary definitions for overall

overall

adjective (prenominal) (ˈəʊvərˌɔːl)
1.
from one end to the other
2.
including or covering everything: the overall cost
adverb (ˌəʊvərˈɔːl)
3.
in general; on the whole
noun (ˈəʊvərˌɔːl)
4.
(Brit) a protective work garment usually worn over ordinary clothes
5.
(pl) hard-wearing work trousers with a bib and shoulder straps or jacket attached
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Word Origin and History for overall
adv.

"everywhere," Old English ofer eall, from ofer "over" (see over) + eall (see all). Sense of "including everything" is from 1894. The noun in the clothing sense (usually plural) of "loose trousers of a strong material worn by cowboys, etc." is from 1782. Specific sense "loose fitting canvas trousers with a bib and strap top" (originally worn by workmen over other clothes to protect them from wet, dirt, etc.) is attested from 1897.

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