Aboard the Qantas A380, the computers were overwhelmed by a firestorm of error messages and basically gave up.
With this kind of volume, the machinery of deportation is overwhelmed at every stage, especially our immigration courts.
We are overwhelmed with data from every quarter, and our capacity to filter fact from fraud is limited.
Papadakis says the local consulates are so overwhelmed that they have stopped taking new applications for visas altogether.
President Obama has been overwhelmed by that unexpectedly difficult challenge.
She turned from the window, overwhelmed by the desire for instant flight.
For a time, he had thought the caravan guard was going to be overwhelmed.
I usually found him overwhelmed with place-hunters; for in France political mendicancy exists under every form of government.
Every one of the models was overwhelmed and engulfed at the same moment.
The argument was a telling one, and the princess was overwhelmed by it, and from that moment her defeat was assured.
early 14c., "to turn upside down, to overthrow," from over- + Middle English whelmen "to turn upside down" (see whelm). Meaning "to submerge completely" is mid-15c. Perhaps the connecting notion is a boat, etc., washed over, and overset, by a big wave. Figurative sense of "to bring to ruin" is attested from 1520s. Related: Overwhelmed; overwhelming; overwhelmingly.