overblown

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj overblown past the stage of full bloom "overblown roses"
    • adj overblown puffed up with vanity "a grandiloquent and boastful manner","overblown oratory","a pompous speech","pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and pontifical hooey"- Newsweek"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overblown Blown over, as wind or storm; hence, past; at an end.
    • overblown In the Bessemer steel process, injured by the continuance of the blast after the carbon has been removed; burnt.
    • overblown Past the time of blossoming or blooming; withered, as a flower.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Overblown blown over or past, at an end: burnt by an excessive blast, in the Bessemer steel process
    • adj Overblown past the time of flower, withered
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Usage

In literature:

He looked like an overblown schoolboy, and though I felt so sorry for him, I could hardly help laughing.
"The Moon and Sixpence" by W. Somerset Maugham
The storm which threatened the former was overblown, and he was in season to avert that by which the latter was threatened.
"The Life of Francis Marion" by William Gilmore Simms
I have come by a path overblown by autumn leaves.
"The Ninth Vibration And Other Stories" by L. Adams Beck
Sometimes whole communities became straitened by the collapse of these overblown enterprises.
"The Passing of the Frontier" by Emerson Hough
Overblown with self-conceit, the Romans refused him.
"The Roman and the Teuton A Series of Lectures delivered before the University of Cambridge" by Charles Kingsley
The face was splendid, the figure already overblown.
"The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete" by George Meredith
What to do with a giant kohlrabi (or any bulb getting overblown)?
"Gardening Without Irrigation: or without much, anyway" by Steve Solomon
This looks a trifle overblown.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
But these passions overblown, I hope her Majesty will have a gracious regard both towards myself and the cause.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1584-86, Vol. I. (of IV) Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
These extra notes are not overblown.
"Scientific American Supplement No. 819" by Various
Cornelia blushed; but some of the loose petals of the overblown rose in her bosom became detached, and floated earthward.
"Bressant" by Julian Hawthorne
I know it is usual, when the peril and alarm of the hour appears to be a little overblown, to think no more of the matter.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
The overblown high Baroque style in ornament, swag, and cartouche was also drawn upon as a source for decorative cuts.
"John Baptist Jackson" by Jacob Kainen
Is the storm overblown?
"The Tempest" by William Shakespeare
The brutality of Caracalla, the overblown sensuality of Nero, the effeminacy of Commodus or Heliogabalus are all absent here.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
She was very much like an overblown Adelphi heroine, and they could see her act for nothing.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
He looked down at the little overblown flower in his hand and carried it mechanically to his nostrils.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
When he became dazzled with a vulgar, opulent, overblown person, Jacquaine would not view it as a temporary fascination.
"Love's Usuries" by Louis Creswicke
The rose, that must, some day, be overblown, was only just a pouting bud as yet.
"The Boy with Wings" by Berta Ruck
Her flimsy scarlet skirts curved about her like overblown poppy petals.
"A Prince of Dreamers" by Flora Annie Steel
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In poetry:

And deepen on Palmyra's street
The wheel rut in the ruined stone
And Lebanon fade out and Crete
high through the clouds and overblown
"You, Andrew Marvell" by Archibald MacLeish
My God, in whom are all the springs
Of boundless love, and grace unknown,
Hide me beneath thy spreading wings,
Till the dark cloud is overblown.
"Psalm 57" by Isaac Watts
This fresh young world I see,
With heroes, cities, legends of her own;
With a new race of men, and overblown
By winds from sea to sea,
Decked with the majesty of every zone.
"How Long?" by Emma Lazarus
Let the nymph still avoid and be deaf to the swain
Who in transports of passion affects to complain,
For his rage, not his love, in that frenzy is shown,
And the blast that blows loudest is soon overblown.
""Let the nymph still avoid and be deaf to the swain"" by Tobias Smollett
Unopened scarce, yet overblown, lie
The hopes that rose-like round me grew,
The lights are low, and more than lonely
This life I lead apart from you.
Come back, come back! I want you only,
And you who loved me never knew.
"Fate Knows No Tears" by Laurence Hope
But the sunset clouds have faded, arch and capital are gone,
And the regal night is glorious, with the starlight overblown;—
Life is labor and not dreaming, and I have my work to do,
Ere within those happy valleys I shall wear the lilies too.
"Beyond" by Kate Seymour Maclean

In news:

Sheriff candidate says misconduct claims overblown by opponent.
Proponents, however, say the backlash is overblown.
IPOs' Job-Boosting Power Is Overblown .
As a former journalist, I believe the media reaction to the silence of the Mets was predictably overblown .
Reports of California's Demise are Overblown .
The word that came out of today's NHL Board of Governors meeting is that optimism is overblown for a quick end to Owners' Lockout III.
Minimum wage hike fears overblown .
Study Shows PTC Business Benefits Claims Overblown .
Romney's 'Religion Problem' Is Overblown .
IT Generation Gap Overblown .
Near-term petchem supply fears overblown .
Concerns over candy as an 'addictive drug' are overblown .
Professor says Water Advisory was Overblown .
'Shady RAT' Hacking Claims Overblown , Security Firms Say.
Reports of bacon shortage probably overblown .
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In science:

UCDs in Fornax) nor overblown globular clusters (Huxor et al.
Astrophysics in 2005
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