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Definition of the noun overload

What does overload mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: overloads

  1. an electrical load that exceeds the available electrical power
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: burden / load / loading = weight to be borne or conveyed
  2. an excessive burden

Alternative definition of the noun overload


  1. An excessive load.
  2. The damage done, or the outage caused by such a load.
  3. [computing, programming] An overloaded version of a function.

Definition of the verb overload

What does overload mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: overloaded | overloading | overloads

  1. become overloaded
    • example: The aerator overloaded
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
  2. fill to excess so that function is impaired
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of overload: clog
    • more generic terms: fill / fill up / make full = make full, also in a metaphorical sense
  3. place too much a load on

Alternative definition of the verb overload


  1. [transitive] to load excessively
  2. [transitive] to provide too much power to a circuit
  3. [transitive] [computer science] to create different functions for the same name, to be used in different contexts
  4. [intransitive] to fail due to excessive load

Specialised definition of the verb overload

Glossary of sports

to give a part of the body too much weight to bear (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


  1. Overload is a Pakistani rock band from Lahore, Punjab, formed in 2003. The group is directed by producer, lead vocalist and drummer, Farhad Humayun and keyboard/synth player, songwriter and composer, Sheraz Siddiq, who were soon joined by Hassan Mohyeddin on percussion along with dhol players Pappu Sain and Jhura Sain. The band is widely regarded by many critics as being the "Loudest band in Pakistan".
  2. Overload is a heavy metal band from Bollnäs, Sweden. The band was formed by Tony Sunnhag and Tony Sandberg back in 1987. They got most of their present sound when Stefan Jonsson joined the band 1992. They have some kind of old style thrash metal sound, with rhythm, harmony and melody as their foundation. Their inspiration comes from life itself, both good and bad things. Their lyrics are not just fantasy, many of their lyrics comes from their dreams. Overload has a sound, influenced by bands like Pantera, Metallica and Judas Priest.
    • genre: Heavy metal
    • albums: "Whiskey Drinking Woman", "The Procession of Tartaros", "Difference of Opinion", "Back on Track", "The Dark Side of Ambition"
  3. Overload is a Chinese rock band, and considered the first speed and thrash metal band on the Chinese heavy metal scene.
    • also known as 超载乐队
  4. Overload is a musical group.
    • albums: "Overload 2011", "GodKiller"

There are other groups with in their name, like Noise Overload and Honcho Overload.


Overload is the name of four different fictional character in the various Transformers universes. They are seemingly unrelated besides sharing a name.


  1. "Overload" is the debut single by English girl group Sugababes. It was released on 11 September 2000 through London Records as the lead single from the group's debut studio album, One Touch. At the time, the group consisted of Siobhán Donaghy, Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan. It was co-produced and co-written by British songwriters and producers Paul Simm, Felix Howard, Jony Rockstar and Cameron McVey.
  2. "Overload" is Japanese heavy metal band Anthem's third studio album since their reformation in the year 2000.
    • genre: Heavy metal
    • released on (12 years ago)
  3. "Overload": Overload is the debut album by the Pakistani rock band Overload, released in 2006. Singles from their debut album were "Cursed", "Storm" and "Dhamaal".
  4. "Overload" is the popular dance/house song produced by DJs VooDoo & Serano. It reached number 30 on the UK Singles Chart on its release. Its chorus is similar to the Hungarian song "Tied a Szivem" by Dance4ever.
  5. "Overload" is a 2005 album by the Canadian hard rock band Harem Scarem. It is the tenth Harem Scarem studio album. The Japanese version contains the song "You Shook Me All Night Long" as a bonus track, while the European CD comes with "Wishing" which was previously released on the Japanese version of Higher.
  6. "Overload" is a 2000 single by Sugababes.
    • released on (14 years ago)
    • award: - Brit Award for British Single nomination for Sugababes
  7. "Overload" is a musical single of VooDoo & Serano.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  8. "Overload" is a musical album of Saints of Eden.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  9. "Overload" is a musical album of The Termites.
    • released in (25 years ago)
  10. "Overload" is a musical single of Dot Rotten.
    • released on
  11. "Overload" is a musical album of Bedük.
    • released on
  12. "Overload" is a musical single of K'SANDRA.
    • released on
  13. "Overload" is a musical album of Blasternaut.
    • released in (10 years ago)


"Overload" is a novel by Arthur Hailey, concerning the electricity production industry in California and the activities of the employees and others involved with Golden State Power and Light, a fictional California public service company. The plot follows many of the issues of the day, including race relations, corporate politics, business ethics, terrorism and journalism.

  • also known as "Overload (Charnwood Library Series)"
  • language: English Language
  • released in (36 years ago)


"Overload" is a film, directed by Steven Scarborough.


  1. Overload is a bi-monthly professional computer magazine published by ACCU, that was established in 1993 and is edited by Frances Buontempo. It aims to "publish a high standard of articles about all aspects of software development". All issues of Overload, starting from August 1998, are available online.
  2. Overload is an annual single-day anime convention focusing on doujin held in Auckland, New Zealand. It is the first of its kind to run in New Zealand.

Phrases with Overload

  1. iron overload
  2. Sensory overload
  3. Information overload

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Overload

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Google previewNetworks and National Security (2016)

Dynamics, Effectiveness and Organisation by Chad Whelan

Information overload refers to a condition in which information processing requirements exceed information processing capacity.

Google previewCommunication Yearbook 26 (2003)

by William B. Gudykunst

Email overload is a valid concern.Whittaker and Sidner (1995) warn thatthe inabilityto effectivelymanage communication during overload means lost information and reducedresponsiveness withnegative outcomes for productivity.

Google previewTotal Wellness Exercise and Nutrition Journal (2015)

by Ian Stern

Simply stated, progressive overload is the principle that calls for a gradual increase of stress to be placed upon the body, increasing the demands on the...

Google previewGI/Liver Secrets Plus (2014)

by Peter R McNally

Neonatal iron overload is a rare condition that is probably related to an immune- mediated intrauterine hepatic defect. Infants are born with modest increases in hepatic iron and many patients do very poorly; liver transplantation can be ...

Google previewApplied Parallel Computing. Advanced Scientific Computing (2002)

6th International Conference, PARA 2002, Espoo, Finland, June 15-18, 2002. Proceedings by Juha Fagerholm

Introduction Today the information overload is a problem like the shortage of information. In our daily activities we often deal with flows of data ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2016)

by Steven G. Rogelberg

Overload. As stated above, the vast majority of research on role stressors has focused on role conflict and role ambiguity. In fact, there is so much research on these role stressors that several metaanalyses have been done to summarize this ...

Google previewPerl Developer's Dictionary (2002)

by Clinton Pierce

Overloading Constants It is possible to overload how constants are handled in perl scripts as well. The overload::constant function can be used to define a set of handlers. This is usually done in the package's import method, and similar calls to ...

Google previewDrake's Electrical Dictionary ... (1915)

by Paul Emilius Lowe

Overload. — A load having ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Library and Information Science (2002)

Volume 72: Supplement 35 by Allen Kent

Introduction Information overload can best be understood as a contingent occurrence. Its presence or absence is a matter of point of view and emphasis. Its existence must of necessity be determined by the point of view of the person or group ...

Google previewa dictionary of automobile terms (1913)

by albert l. clough

Overload (v.) — To demand from a prime mover or other ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Building and Construction Materials (1990)

by Fred Moavenzadeh

overload amplitude loads. For broad band ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Ergonomics and Human Factors, Second Edition - 3 Volume Set (2006)

by Informa Healthcare, Waldemar Karwowski

INTRODUCTION Information overload has increased the tension of two thirds of managers worldwideand is often complicated by illhealth, poor decision- making, difficulties in memorizing and remembering, and reduced attention span ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Mobile Phone Behavior (2015)

by Yan, Zheng

The five common overload examples they discuss reflect the processing demands that a learning taskplaces on alearners visual and verbal resources. Common overload scenarios are: (1) overloading in the visual channel which occurs when ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Football Medicine, Vol.3 (2017)

Protecting the Player by Tim Meyer, Ian Beasley, Zoran Bahtijarevic

Overloading could be physical or psychological and could be short term (e.g., overload from specific training sessions with new training regimes or fatigue from long matches) or long term (e.g., too many matches during a long season).

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Quotes about Overload

It is not the load but the overload that kills.
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Scrabble value of O1V4E1R1L1O1A1D2

The value of this 8-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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