over·​set | \ ˌō-vər-ˈset How to pronounce overset (audio) \
overset; oversetting

Definition of overset

transitive verb

1a : to disturb mentally or physically : upset
b : to turn or tip over : overturn
2 : to set too much type matter for

Other Words from overset

overset \ ˈō-​vər-​ˌset How to pronounce overset (audio) \ noun

Examples of overset in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web McGovern will often overset shaded defensive linemen, which opens up the inside move for defenders. John Owning, Dallas News, 1 June 2020 Gallimore also flashes an effective spin move to take advantage of offensive linemen who overset to defend his upfield burst. John Owning, Dallas News, 26 Apr. 2020 The edge rush can also set up a counter inside move if the tackle continues to overset – as Curry showed here. Jeff Mclane, Philly.com, 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of overset

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Overset.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overset. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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