[ verb oh-ver-set; noun oh-ver-set ]
/ verb ˌoʊ vərˈsɛt; noun ˈoʊ vərˌsɛt /

verb (used with object), o·ver·set, o·ver·set·ting.

to upset or overturn; overthrow.
to throw into confusion; disorder physically or mentally.

verb (used without object), o·ver·set, o·ver·set·ting.

to become upset, overturned, or overthrown.
  1. (of type or copy) to set in or to excess.
  2. (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

1150–1200; Middle English oversetten; see over-, set


o·ver·set·ter, noun
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verb (ˌəʊvəˈsɛt) -sets, -setting or -set (tr)

to disturb or upset
printing to set (type or copy) in excess of the space available

noun (ˈəʊvəˌsɛt)

another name for overmatter
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