[verb oh-ver-drahyv; noun oh-ver-drahyv]
- to push or carry to excess; overwork.
- to drive too hard.
- Machinery, Automotive. a device containing a gear set at such ratio and arrangement as to provide a drive shaft speed greater than the engine crankshaft speed.
- Informal. an intense state of activity or productivity: The political campaign has shifted into overdrive.
Origin of overdrive
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Air-scarcity killed them before the ship came out of overdrive.
So they want to use your ship—it's faster in overdrive and so on.
A ship from Orede had come out of overdrive and lay dead in emptiness.
The Med Ship broke out of overdrive at 1300 hours, ship time.
It had gone into overdrive, heading for Dara at many times the speed of light.
- a very high gear in a motor vehicle used at high speeds to reduce wear and save fuel
- in overdrive in a state of intense activity
- into overdrive into a state of intense activity
- (tr) to drive too hard or too far; overwork or overuse
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Word Origin and History for overdrive
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