[ oh-ver-klok ]

verb (used with object)
  1. Computers. to modify (a hardware component, as a processor, graphics card, or memory) so as to increase the speed of that component beyond the specifications of the manufacturer: You can overclock your video card to improve its performance.

Origin of overclock

1985–90; over- + clock1 (in the sense “a circuit that governs the speed of other circuits”)

Other words from overclock

  • o·ver·clocked, adjective

Words Nearby overclock

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How to use overclock in a sentence

  • For players with graphics power to burn, you can overclock the monitor to hit 170Hz, giving you a nice frame rate bump for less resource-intensive esports like League of Legends.

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