[verb oh-ver-set; noun oh-ver-set]
- to upset or overturn; overthrow.
- to throw into confusion; disorder physically or mentally.
- to become upset, overturned, or overthrown.
- (of type or copy) to set in or to excess.
- (of space) to set too much type for.
- the act or fact of oversetting; upset; overturn.
- Also called overmatter. Printing. matter set up in excess of space.
Origin of overset
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Related Wordsquash, invalidate, repeal, revoke, modify, dismantle, undo, nullify, lift, annul, overturn, overrule, alter, rescind, lean, topple, dump, spill, tilt, upset
Examples from the Web for overset
Character is centrality, the impossibility of being displaced or overset.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"I have said already that we'll overset it with our hands," Grey answered.Mistress Wilding
Manuel, with great suavity, had overset the former and defied the latter.Plotting in Pirate Seas
He rushed into the centre of it, and overset the bride in her gilded wagon.Alroy
The rockers must be pointed and have plenty of circle so it would not overset easily.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
- to disturb or upset
- printing to set (type or copy) in excess of the space available
- another name for overmatter
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