[ oh-ver-draft, -drahft ]
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  1. an act or instance of overdrawing a checking account.

  2. a check overdrawn on a checking account.

  1. the amount overdrawn.

  2. an excessive drawing on or drawing off of something.

  3. a draft made to pass over a fire, as in a furnace.

  4. a draft passing downward through a kiln.

  5. Metalworking. a tendency of a rolled piece to curve upward after passing through a stand, occurring when the lower roll is faster than the upper.

Origin of overdraft

First recorded in 1875–80; over- + draft

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British Dictionary definitions for overdraft


/ (ˈəʊvəˌdrɑːft) /

  1. a draft or withdrawal of money in excess of the credit balance on a bank or building-society cheque account

  2. the amount of money drawn or withdrawn thus

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Cultural definitions for overdraft


The amount by which a check exceeds the funds on deposit to cover it.

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