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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"
    • official website:
  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 in their name, like Urge Overkill.


  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. It is also considered by the band as their "first album", making their debut Feel the Fire their second record and so forth. The EP is included on the !!!Fuck You!!! And Then Some compilation.
  5. "Overkill" is a musical EP of Savant.
    • released on
  6. "Overkill" is a composition.
  7. "Overkill" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  8. "Overkill" is a musical single of Motörhead.
    • released in (36 years ago)
  9. "Overkill" is a musical album of Painbastard.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  10. "Overkill" is a composition.
  11. "Overkill" is a musical EP of Rude 66.
    • released in (10 years ago)


"Overkill" is the first novel by the New Zealand writer Vanda Symon. It was first published in March 2007 in New Zealand, by Penguin Books.


"Overkill" is a film, directed by Dean Raphael Ferrandini.


  1. "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)
  2. "Overkill" is a Free-to-play video game developed by Craneballs Studio. The game is set in the future when the civilized society collapsed and player has to kill everybody he meets.
    • developer: Craneballs Studio
    • genres: First-person Shooter, Rail shooter
    • released on


  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 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 previewGlobal Cooperation Among G20 Countries (2013)

Responding to the Crisis and Restoring Growth by Michael Callaghan, Chetan Ghate, Stephen Pickford, Francis Xavier Rathinam

Summing up The debate as to whether the regulatory reform is a case of overkill is a continuing one. The broad consensus, however, is that the direction of the reforms is the right one. While there could be differences regarding the ' right' ...

Google previewWar Stars (2008)

The Superweapon and the American Imagination by Howard Bruce Franklin

The Age of the Automatons It is true that we live in the nuclear age, when overkill is a fact of life. Nuclear culture mingles and merges with our conscious and unconscious thoughts and feelings. Yet nuclear weapons are not physically ...

Google previewRobert's Rules of Disorder (1987)

A Guide to Mismanagement by Robert Maidment

Verbal overkill is a symptom of mental underskill. Apparently, our passion for semantic submersion is unyielding. Although the verbal smokescreen is an effective tactic when used sparingly, a "Fog Index" of our everyday efforts to communicate ...

Google previewVirginia Criminal Law and Procedure (2015)

by John L. Costello

If this apparent overkill is a reflection of a legislative belief that no attempts at inchoate crimes are ...

Google previewBiochemistry (2011)

by Mary Campbell, Shawn Farrell

Energy overkill is a common strategy when it is critically important that the process does not go in the reverse direction. Nucleophilic substitution is a common reaction mechanism, and the hydroxyl group at the 39 end of the growing DNA ...

Google previewCongressional Record (1974)

Proceedings and Debates of the ... Congress

Overkill is a very misused word— one of those simplifications that get wide circulation. The fact is that it's absolutely wrong to say we have the capacity to destroy Russia several times over. Even if we fired our entire nuclear arsenal first —which ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal (2003)

by Daniel Bukszpan, Ronnie James Dio

OVERKILL. Rob Cannevino: guitars (Horrorscope through Wrecking Your .Vi'ifei: Joe Comeau: guitars (The Killing Kind and later): Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth: vocals; Sid Falck: drums (Under the Influence through Horrorsctipe): Merritt Gam: ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Politics (2004)

by David Robertson

Overkill servative in saying that courts cannot interpret liberally to bring an 18thcentury document up to date. Thus with a majority of original position adherents abortion would probably be banned, overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade case.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Environment and Society (2007)

FIVE-VOLUME SET by Paul Robbins

THE OVERKILL HYPOTHESIS concerns the extinction of megafauna, particularly in the Americas and Australia. Archaeological excavations reveal that a number of species, perhaps more than 100, disappeared within a comparatively short ...

Google previewCompanion Encyclopedia 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 previewConcise Dictionary of Biology (2012)

by Editorial Board

Overkill. The shooting, trapping, or poisoning of certain populations, usually for sport or economic reasons. Oviducts. Tubes that connect the ovaries and the uterus; transport sperm to the ova, transport the fertilized ova to the uterus, and serve ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Evolution and Prehistory (2004)

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

Overkill. Theextinction ofmany groups of large mammals at the end of the Pleistocene, 11.7 Ka, has engendered spirited debate among anthropologists. Many view this waveof extinctions as the result of human predation. Others, citingtheneed ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Crossword Puzzle Dictionary (1996)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

overkill. 6 excess 7 surfeit, surplus 8 plethora 10 surplusage 11 superfluity. overlap.

Google previewDictionary of Theoretical Concepts in Biology (1981)

by Keith E. Roe, Richard G. Frederick

OVERKILL HYPOTHESIS [biogeography] Martin, P. S. 1967. Prehistoric overkill. Pleistocene Extinctions: The Search for a Cause ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Worthless Words (2012)

3,000 Words to Stop Using Now by Dave Dowling

mass epidemic, mass exodus, mass extinction Overkill. The adjective mass is unneeded. It appears aanass an epidemic ofshingles may break out. The continued hurricanes accountfor ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Quaternary Science (2006)

Martin's Pleistocene Overkill Hypothesis In1967,paleontologist PaulMartinwroteahighly influential chapter entitled 'Prehistoric Overkill' for a book entitled Pleistocene ...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

passage, portion, quote, sample, section, selection excerpts, literary: analects excess: extra, flood, glut, gravy, intemperance, lavishness, nimiety, over, overabundance, overboard, overflow, overindulgence, overkill, plethora, plus, prodigality, ...

Google previewDictionary of Media and Communication Studies (2006)

by James Watson, Anne Hill

Conversely, there is the so-called overkill signal, where the greeting is too friendly, too effusive, the handshake too forcible. The overkill signal may be a simulation of sincere greeting; on the other hand, when people of different cultures or ...

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Scrabble value of O1V4E1R1K5I1L1L1

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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