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Noun, Verb (transitive)


overdrivev. t. & i. 
     To drive too hard, or far, or beyond strength.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A gearing device which causes the drive shaft of an automobile or other machine to rotate at a speed greater than that of the engine crankshaft.  [PJC]
  •  The gear setting of a motor vehicle at which the overdrive{1} is operative; as, cruising at 80 mph in overdrive.  [PJC]
  •  A state of unusually intense activity; as, when they got their new supercomputer, their research kicked into overdrive; one look at her made his heart jump into overdrive; -- used mostly of the activities of persons or groups.  [PJC]


overdrive, n.
1 a a mechanism in a motor vehicle providing a gear ratio higher than that of the usual gear. b an additional speed-increasing gear.
2 (usu. prec. by in, into) a state of high or excessive activity.



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For further exploring for "overdrive" in Webster Dictionary Online

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