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Definition of the noun overkill

What does overkill mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: overkills

  1. the capability to obliterate a target with more weapons (especially nuclear weapons) than are required
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: capability / capableness = the quality of being capable -- physically or intellectually or legally
  2. any effort that seems to go farther than would be necessary to achieve its goal

Alternative definition of the noun overkill


  1. [literally] A destructive capacity that exceeds that needed to destroy an enemy; especially with nuclear weapons.
  2. [idiomatic] An unnecessary excess of whatever is needed to achieve a goal.

Definition of the verb overkill

What does overkill mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: overkilled | overkilling | overkills

  1. [transitive] To destroy something with more (nuclear) force than is required.


  1. Overkill is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. They have gone through many line-up changes, with singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D. Verni remaining from the original lineup. Along with Anthrax, whose one-time lead guitarist Dan Spitz was also an early member of Overkill, the band is one of the most successful East Coast thrash metal bands. The band has a notable mascot named "Chaly", a skeletal bat with a skull-like face, horns, bony wings, and green eyes. Chaly has appeared on most of their album covers.
    • also known as 趕盡殺絕
    • members:
    • genres: Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal, Groove metal
    • albums: "The Killing Kind", "Bloodletting", "Coverkill", "Feel the Fire", "From the Underground and Below", "Fuck You and Then Some", "Hello From the Gutter", "Horrorscope", "I Hear Black", "Killbox 13", "Necroshine", "ReliXIV", "Taking Over", "The Years of Decay", "Under the Influence", "W.F.O.", "Wrecking Everything", "Wrecking Your Neck: Live", "Immortalis", "Fuck You", "Then and Now", "Power in Black and Then Some", "Overkill", "Live at Wacken Open Air 2007", "Wrecking Everything – An Evening in Asbury Park", "Ironbound", "Extended Versions", "The Electric Age", "6 Songs", "Live From OZ", "White Devil Armory", "Wish You Were Dead", "Electric Rattlesnake", "Armorist", "Wrecking Everything / Killbox 13"
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  2. Overkill a.k.a. Overkill L.A. or SST Overkill is a Hardcore punk/speed metalband started in 1980 in Los Angeles and which recorded two records on SST Records and some tracks on compilations. The band started as Overkill but they were rechristened Overkill L.A. by SST Records when they re-released their albums in the '90's and SST Overkill when they reunited in 2005.

There are other groups with Overkill in their name, like Urge Overkill.


  1. Overkill is a fictional character in the various Transformers universes. He is one of the Decepticon Mini-Cassettes.
    • also known as О́веркилл
  2. Overkill is a character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline from Hasbro, which has spawned comics and cartoon series. He first appeared in the 1989 G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero incarnation of the series. He also appears in G.I. Joe: Sigma 6.
    • occupation: Soldier


  1. "Overkill" is the second album by Motörhead, released in 1979. It was their first for Bronze Records, and peaked at #24 on the UK charts. The album had a big impact in the British punk culture of that time, paving the way for UK82. Kerrang! magazine listed the album at #46 among the "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time".
  2. "Overkill" is a song by Australian pop rock band Men at Work. It was released in 1983 as the lead single from their second studio album, Cargo. It was written by lead singer, Colin Hay. It peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100; No. 5 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart; and top 10 in Canada, Ireland and Norway. When released, it was a departure from the group's style of reggae pop: instead "Overkill" had hard-hitting lyrics and a melancholic atmosphere.
  3. "Overkill" is a song by the band Motörhead. It was released in 7" and 12" vinyl pressings in 1979. It is backed with B-side "Too Late Too Late" which appears on the CD re-issues of the Overkill album. Early copies came with a free "Overkill" badge. The single reached number 39 on the UK Singles Chart.
  4. "Overkill": Overkill is the first EP recorded by thrash metal band Overkill released in 1984 on Azra/Metal Storm records. The EP is included on the !!!Fuck You!!! And Then Some compilation.


"Overkill" also known as Overkill: The Last-Planet Mega Blast is a vertical scrolling shooter that was developed by Tech-Noir Productions and published by Epic MegaGames and Precision Software Publishing in 1992. The game was designed by Ste Cork, and was Epic's first vertical shooter.

  • mode: Single-player video game
  • designers: Ste Cork & Tech-Noir Productions
  • developers: Ste Cork, Tech-Noir Productions
  • genres: Scrolling shooter, Shoot 'em up, Action game
  • publisher: Epic Games
  • released in (23 years ago)


  1. Overkill is the use of excessive force or action that goes further than is necessary to achieve its goal. It implies that, while the goal was accomplished, there was collateral damage as a result. It may be a literal term referring to physical damage, though it is also used in colloquial conversation as a metaphor.
  2. Overkill was a Marvel UK anthology published during the 1990s, deliberately designed as a Marvel equivalent to 2000AD.

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Google previewCompanion Encyclopaedia of Archaeology (2002)

by Graeme Barker

One explanation for the extinctions is the ' overkill' hypothesis: that new cultures massacred wild animals unused to human ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Human Evolution and Prehistory (2004)

Second Edition by Eric Delson, Ian Tattersall, John Van Couvering, Alison S. Brooks

Overkill. The extinction of many groups oflarge mammals at the end ofthe Pleistocene, 11.7 Ka,has engendered spirited debateamong anthropologists. Many view this waveof extinctions as the result of human predation. Others, citing the need ...

Google previewThe Everything Large-Print Crossword Dictionary (2010)

Finding a solution has never been easier! by Charles Timmerman

sadd Promo 6 teaser Promo overkill 4 hype Promontory 4 ness Promote 4 sell ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1976)

Volume 1 - Abrasives to Acrylonitrile by John J. McKetta Jr

Since both purchaser and vendor tend to work on "worst-worst" conditions as a design base, overkill often occurs, resulting in a unit which will far exceed design requirements. An examination of those industries where the electrostatic ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of United States National Security (2005)

by Richard J. Samuels

The terms massive retaliation, overkill, and mutually assured destruction (MAD) are conceptual notions linked to Herman Kahn ...

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The value of this 8-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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