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British Dictionary definitions for overground


  1. on or above the surface of the groundan overground railway
  2. having become sufficiently established, known, or accepted so as to no longer be considered avante-garde, experimental, or subversive
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Examples from the Web for overground

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Historical Examples

  • We went to the cemeteries, with their overground, oven-like tombs, necessitated by the water-soaked condition of the soil.

    A Flight in Spring

    J. Harris Knowles

  • The Scotch, Irish and English overground fairies were, as a general thing, very much alike.

    Brownies and Bogles

    Louise Imogen Guiney

Word Origin and History for overground


"situated above ground" (as opposed to underground), 1879, from over- + ground (n.).

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