Search Result for "overwhelming":
1. so strong as to be irresistible;
- Example: "an overpowering need for solitude"
- Example: "the temptation to despair may become overwhelming"
- Example: "an overwhelming majority"
[syn: overpowering, overwhelming]
2. very intense;
- Example: "politics is his consuming passion"
- Example: "overwhelming joy"
[syn: consuming, overwhelming]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Overwhelming \O`ver*whelm"ing\, a. Overpowering; irresistible. -- O`ver*whelm"ing*ly, adv. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Overwhelm \O`ver*whelm"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Overwhelmed; p. pr. & vb. n. Overwhelming.] [1913 Webster] 1. To cover over completely, as by a great wave; to overflow and bury beneath; to ingulf; hence, figuratively, to immerse and bear down; to overpower; to crush; to bury; to oppress, etc., overpoweringly. [1913 Webster] The sea overwhelmed their enemies. --Ps. lxxviii. 53. [1913 Webster] Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. --Ps. lv. 5. [1913 Webster] Foul deeds will rise, Though all the earth o'erwhelm them. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Gaza yet stands; but all her sons are fallen, All in a moment overwhelmed and fallen. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To project or impend over threateningly. [1913 Webster] His louering brows o'erwhelming his fair sight. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To cause to surround, to cover. --Papin. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
overwhelming adj 1: so strong as to be irresistible; "an overpowering need for solitude"; "the temptation to despair may become overwhelming"; "an overwhelming majority" [syn: overpowering, overwhelming] 2: very intense; "politics is his consuming passion"; "overwhelming joy" [syn: consuming, overwhelming]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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