Definition for overwhelming (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
Examples from the Web for overwhelming
Dean Teresa A. Sullivan praised the “overwhelming response by this community to condemn the evil acts” reported by Rolling Stone.Why It Was Right to Question Rolling Stone’s U-VA Rape Story|Michael Moynihan|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
An overwhelming amount of subtleties and implications were going over my head.
There was no assassin but despite the overwhelming presence of troops and FBI agents, violent incidents still occurred.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era|Gary May|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
An overwhelming majority of yes votes—89 of them—came from Republican men.
Finally, the political realities of this issue are overwhelming.To Make Their Victory Durable, the GOP Must Fix the Minimum Wage|Dmitri Mehlhorn|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One hunter who escaped the ambush reported that an overwhelming number of Apaches were in the wooded hills.The Pinos Altos Story|Dorothy Watson
But she could not have heard him in the overwhelming rush of the sea.The Tidal Wave and Other Stories|Ethel May Dell
He fought against the overwhelming desire to possess with all the force of his nature.
The civil authority was the Roman Empire with its overwhelming force and its almost entire externality to Christianity.Lux Mundi|Various
He had an overwhelming sense of his need of quiet reflection.The Hills of Refuge|Will N. Harben
British Dictionary definitions for overwhelming (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for overwhelming (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for overwhelming
early 14c., "to turn upside down, to overthrow," from over- + Middle English whelmen "to turn upside down" (see whelm). Meaning "to submerge completely" is mid-15c. Perhaps the connecting notion is a boat, etc., washed over, and overset, by a big wave. Figurative sense of "to bring to ruin" is attested from 1520s. Related: Overwhelmed; overwhelming; overwhelmingly.