over·​tight·​en ˌō-vər-ˈtī-tᵊn How to pronounce overtighten (audio)
overtightened; overtightening

transitive + intransitive

: to tighten too much : to make (something) too tight or to become too tight
overtighten a screw
Secure the bolts but be sure not to overtighten.
Similarly, do not overtighten your toes or feet, which could cause muscle cramping. Lesley Sisterhen McAllister
If you're having heel pain first thing in the morning, sleeping in a night splint can help keep the fascia elongated when it would normally overtighten. Matt Hart

Word History

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overtighten was in 1829

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Cite this Entry

“Overtighten.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overtighten. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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