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overall

[adverb oh-ver-awl; adjective, noun oh-ver-awl]
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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.
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. British. a smock or loose-fitting housedress.
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Origin of overall

before 1000; Middle English overal (adv.), Old English ofer eall; see over, all
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Related Words

comprehensivegloballong-termsweepingblankettotalumbrellainclusivethoroughall-embracinglong-rangechieflyeverywherelargelymainlymostlyprimarilyprincipallythroughouteveryplace

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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 (ˈəʊvərˌɔːl) (prenominal)
  1. from one end to the other
  2. including or covering everythingthe overall cost
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adverb (ˌəʊvərˈɔːl)
  1. in general; on the whole
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noun (ˈəʊvərˌɔːl)
  1. British a protective work garment usually worn over ordinary clothes
  2. (plural) 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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