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Meaning of OVER

Pronunciation:  'owvur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (cricket) the period during which a given number of balls (6 in England; 8 in Australia) are bowled at the batsman by one player from the other team from the same end of the pitch
  2. [adv]  throughout a period of time; "stay over the weekend"
  3. [adv]  at or to a point across intervening space etc.; "come over and see us some time"; "over there"
  4. [adv]  throughout an area; "he is known the world over"
  5. [adv]  in such a manner as to be understood and accepted; "she cannot get her ideas across"

OVER is a 4 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: across, o'er
 See Also: maiden, maiden over, period of play, play, playing period



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \O"ver\, prep. [AS. ofer; akin to D. over, G. ["u]ber, OHG.
    ubir, ubar, Dan. over, Sw. ["o]fver, Icel. yfir, Goth. ufar,
    L. super, Gr. ?, Skr. upari. ?199. Cf. {Above}, {Eaves},
    {Hyper-}, {Orlop}, {Super-}, {Sovereign}, {Up}.]
    1. Above, or higher than, in place or position, with the idea
       of covering; -- opposed to {under}; as, clouds are over
       our heads; the smoke rises over the city.
             The mercy seat that is over the testimony. --Ex.
                                                   xxx. 6.
             Over them gleamed far off the crimson banners of
             morning.                              --Longfellow.
    2. Across; from side to side of; -- implying a passing or
       moving, either above the substance or thing, or on the
       surface of it; as, a dog leaps over a stream or a table.
             Certain lakes . . . poison birds which fly over
             them.                                 --Bacon.
    3. Upon the surface of, or the whole surface of; hither and
       thither upon; throughout the whole extent of; as, to
       wander over the earth; to walk over a field, or over a
    4. Above; -- implying superiority in excellence, dignity,
       condition, or value; as, the advantages which the
       Christian world has over the heathen. --Swift.
    5. Above in authority or station; -- implying government,
       direction, care, attention, guard, responsibility, etc.;
       -- opposed to {under}.
             Thou shalt be over my house.          --Gen. xli.
             I will make thee rules over many things. --Matt.
                                                   xxv. 23.
             Dost thou not watch over my sin ?     --Job xiv. 16.
             His tender mercies are over all his works. --Ps.
                                                   cxlv. 9.
    6. Across or during the time of; from beginning to end of;
       as, to keep anything over night; to keep corn over winter.
    7. Above the perpendicular height or length of, with an idea
       of measurement; as, the water, or the depth of water, was
       over his head, over his shoes.
    8. Beyond; in excess of; in addition to; more than; as, it
       cost over five dollars. ``Over all this.'' --Chaucer.
    9. Above, implying superiority after a contest; in spite of;
       notwithstanding; as, he triumphed over difficulties; the
       bill was passed over the veto.
    Note: Over, in poetry, is often contracted into o'er.
    Note: Over his signature (or name) is a substitute for the
          idiomatic English form, under his signature (name, hand
          and seal, etc.), the reference in the latter form being
          to the authority under which the writing is made,
          executed, or published, and not the place of the
          autograph, etc.
    {Over all} (Her.), placed over or upon other bearings, and
       therefore hinding them in part; -- said of a charge.
    {Over head and ears}, beyond one's depth; completely; wholly;
       hopelessly; as, over head and ears in debt.
  2. \O"ver\, adv.
    1. From one side to another; from side to side; across;
       crosswise; as, a board, or a tree, a foot over, i. e., a
       foot in diameter.
    2. From one person or place to another regarded as on the
       opposite side of a space or barrier; -- used with verbs of
       motion; as, to sail over to England; to hand over the
       money; to go over to the enemy. ``We will pass over to
       Gibeah.'' --Judges xix. 12. Also, with verbs of being: At,
       or on, the opposite side; as, the boat is over.
    3. From beginning to end; throughout the course, extent, or
       expanse of anything; as, to look over accounts, or a stock
       of goods; a dress covered over with jewels.
    4. From inside to outside, above or across the brim.
             Good measure, pressed down . . . and running over.
                                                   --Luke vi. 38.
    5. Beyond a limit; hence, in excessive degree or quantity;
       superfluously; with repetition; as, to do the whole work
       over. ``So over violent.'' --Dryden.
             He that gathered much had nothing over. --Ex. xvi.
    6. In a manner to bring the under side to or towards the top;
       as, to turn (one's self) over; to roll a stone over; to
       turn over the leaves; to tip over a cart.
    7. At an end; beyond the limit of continuance; completed;
       finished. ``Their distress was over.'' --Macaulay. ``The
       feast was over.'' --Sir W. Scott.
    Note: Over, out, off, and similar adverbs, are often used in
          the predicate with the sense and force of adjectives,
          agreeing in this respect with the adverbs of place,
          here, there, everywhere, nowhere; as, the games were
          over; the play is over; the master was out; his hat is
    Note: Over is much used in composition, with the same
          significations that it has as a separate word; as in
          overcast, overflow, to cast or flow so as to spread
          over or cover; overhang, to hang above; overturn, to
          turn so as to bring the underside towards the top;
          overact, overreach, to act or reach beyond, implying
          excess or superiority.
    {All over}.
       (a) Over the whole; upon all parts; completely; as, he is
           spatterd with mud all over.
       (b) Wholly over; at an end; as, it is all over with him.
    {Over again}, once more; with repetition; afresh; anew.
    {Over against}, opposite; in front. --Addison.
    {Over and above}, in a manner, or degree, beyond what is
       supposed, defined, or usual; besides; in addition; as, not
       over and above well. ``He . . . gained, over and above,
       the good will of all people.'' --L' Estrange.
    {Over and over}, repeatedly; again and again.
    {To boil over}. See under {Boil}, v. i.
    {To come it over}, {To do over}, {To give over}, etc. See
       under {Come}, {Do}, {Give}, etc.
    {To throw over}, to abandon; to betray. Cf. {To throw
       overboard}, under {Overboard}.
  3. \O"ver\, a.
    Upper; covering; higher; superior; also, excessive; too much
    or too great; -- chiefly used in composition; as, overshoes,
    overcoat, over-garment, overlord, overwork, overhaste.
  4. \O"ver\, n. (Cricket)
    A certain number of balls (usually four) delivered
    successively from behind one wicket, after which the ball is
    bowled from behind the other wicket as many times, the
    fielders changing places.
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