overdrive

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English overdriven, from Old English oferdrīfan, equivalent to over- +‎ drive. Cognate with Saterland Frisian uurdrieuwe (to overdo, overstate), Dutch overdrijven (to exaggerate), German Low German overdrieven, överdrieven (to overdo, exaggerate), German übertreiben (to overdo, exaggerate), Norwegian overdrive (to exaggerate).

VerbEdit

overdrive (third-person singular simple present overdrives, present participle overdriving, simple past overdrove, past participle overdriven)

  1. (transitive) To drive too hard, or far, or beyond strength.

Etymology 2Edit

From over- +‎ drive From the gear over "D" (drive) in an automatic transmission vehicle.

NounEdit

overdrive (countable and uncountable, plural overdrives)

  1. (dated) A gear, on an automobile, higher than the normal top gear.
    • 2020 October 28, Popular Mechanics, volume 156, number 4, page 201:
      Cruising in overdrive at legal highway speed keeps rpm right at 1800, depending on rear-axle ratio.
  2. A state of heightened activity.
    • 2000, Salman Rushdie, The ground beneath her feet, page 78:
      It is true, though it's got nothing to do with me, that the building boom that created the Bombay of my childhood went into overdrive in the years before my birth
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(abbreviation)

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  • 4th gear (in an automatic transmission vehicle)
  • 5th gear (in a manual transmission vehicle)
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Norwegian BokmålEdit

EtymologyEdit

over- +‎ drive; after German übertreiben

VerbEdit

overdrive (imperative overdriv, present tense overdriver, simple past overdrev or overdreiv, past participle overdrevet, present participle overdrivende)

  1. to exaggerate (overstate, to describe more than is fact)

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Norwegian NynorskEdit

AdjectiveEdit

overdrive

  1. neuter of overdriven

VerbEdit

overdrive (present tense overdriv, past tense overdreiv, supine overdrive, past participle overdriven, present participle overdrivande, imperative overdriv)

  1. Alternative form of overdriva