• WordNet 3.6
    • adj overpowering so strong as to be irresistible "an overpowering need for solitude","the temptation to despair may become overwhelming","an overwhelming majority"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Overpowering Excelling in power; too powerful; irresistible.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overpowering That is too powerful to resist; overwhelming; crushing; too intense to bear.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Overpowering excessive in degree or amount: irresistible
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  • Camille Paglia
    “You have to accept the fact that part of the sizzle of sex comes from the danger of sex. You can be overpowered.”
  • Robert H. Schuller
    “It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.”


In literature:

All night long he was in the water, and when day dawned it seemed all over with him, so overpowering was his despair.
"The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood" by Arthur Griffiths
Amzi was overpowered, and pinioned on the spot.
"The Days of Mohammed" by Anna May Wilson
A strange new odor filled the room, overpowering all the others.
"Jerome, A Poor Man" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
They declared they were overpowered by numbers.
"Round About the Carpathians" by Andrew F. Crosse
Shame, and mirth, and also exultation, which overpowered them both, stirred within the child's breast.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
It followed her like some evil thing that threatened to overpower her.
"Flower of the Dusk" by Myrtle Reed
I can assure you my curiosity has nearly overpowered me this morning.
"A Canadian Heroine" by Mrs. Harry Coghill
If once the Hudson's Bay Company ship and the New Englanders united, the English would be strong enough to overpower the French.
"Pathfinders of the West" by A. C. Laut
Besides the pains of his disease, he was overpowered by dejection.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
The conventions of the art are too overpowering.
"The Mayor of Warwick" by Herbert M. Hopkins
To imagine them leaping up at the alarm in the moonlight, the overpowering and faithful husbands.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
Who was this man, whose presence caused you such overpowering emotion, and who exchanged with you glances of such mysterious meaning?
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Her masterful, overpowering spirit seemed to sweep everything before it.
"Grace Harlowe's Plebe Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
For a while, the pull of the big star was almost overpowering.
"Out Around Rigel" by Robert H. Wilson
The Christian leaders and most conspicuous cavaliers were singled out, and severally assailed by overpowering numbers.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, April 1844" by Various
He then joined a small body of English foot who remained firm, but they were soon after overpowered by the Highlanders.
"Amos Huntingdon" by T.P. Wilson
They are the true friends who daunt and overpower us, to whom for a little we yield more than their due.
"The Atlantic Monthly , Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858" by Various
Upon this the entire crew made a rush and overpowered Gaff and the captain.
"Shifting Winds" by R.M. Ballantyne
Smith, although a strong man, was no match for the captain, who soon overpowered him.
"The Golden Dream" by R.M. Ballantyne
It was impossible to refuse; equally impossible to make any excuse; he was so overpowering.
"John Forster" by Percy Hethrington Fitzgerald

In poetry:

See how the sun-god
The summer lying
Deep in flowers;
"Summer Songs" by Richard Le Gallienne
And, as the hour of eve drew on,
That clouded face more dark became,
No burst of mirth could overpow'r
The shiverings of his frame;
"The Dark Ladie" by Anne Bannerman
So, sudden, falls upon the grass
The overpow'ring light of gas,
And through the lattice streaming;
As wearily I close my eyes
Brief are the moments that suffice
To reach the land of dreaming.
"Lightning-Bugs" by Hattie Howard
And then the sun would leave behind
Such lovely tints on cloud and tree;
O, how unlike this jarring world
That silentness of place and hour !
As if a breath would overpow'r
The murmur of the sea:
"Basil" by Anne Bannerman
Our bugles sang truce; for the night-cloud had lowered,
And the sentinel stars set their watch in the sky;
And thousands had sunk on the ground overpowered,
The weary to sleep, and the wounded to die.
"The Soldier's Dream" by Thomas Campbell
The minstrels played their Christmas tune
To-night beneath my cottage-eaves;
While, smitten by a lofty moon,
The encircling laurels, thick with leaves,
Gave back a rich and dazzling sheen,
That overpowered their natural green.
"Minstrels" by William Wordsworth

In news:

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A vagrant wanted for questioning in a rape overpowered a police officer who was trying to handcuff him, then shot her to death with her own weapon Monday, police said.
The Lions overpowered Sheridan Hills Christian in three games to reach the final.
Cabrera's 42nd HR Helps Detroit Overpower Twins, 8-0.
The smell was said to be overpowering.
Philo overpowers MVL foes across the board .
Philo overpowers MVL foes across the board.
Security guards on board an Iranian airliner overpowered a passenger who tried to force his way into the cockpit today, Iran's news agency, IRNA, reported.
Concord overpowers Bishop Dwenger 35-21.
The flavor of the coffee is pronounced, but not overpowering.
William Smith, 23, overpowered a jailer and took his electric stun gun / KRCG 13.
Earlier this month, it was that redundancy continues to overpower the home furnishings product introductions.
Housing And Europe Overpower IBM, Intel Double Downer .
Aquin overpowers East Dubuque .
A childhood on a dusty farm, a love of fast vehicles, a rebel who battles an overpowering empire.
John Kerry overpowered Howard Dean to easily win New Hampshire's primary Tuesday, a second-straight campaign victory for the newly minted Democratic presidential front-runner.

In science:

The very first stars formed in primordial structures where gravity was able to overpower the pressure of the ambient baryons, some hundred million years after the Big Bang.
The Growth of Supermassive Black Holes Across Cosmic Time
It is the ballistic phase of SNe Ia that is observable, and it’s luminosity is high enough to overpower that of the host galaxy.
Radiation Energy-Balance Method for Calculating the Time Evolution of Type Ia Supernovae During the Post-Explosion Phase
However, as the defect amplitude is raised away from zero the effective shear increases no matter what the sign of Q0 and, to effect, this increase always sufficiently overpowers the increase in ¯β 2 so that the end result is further instability.
Low magnetic-Prandtl number flow configurations for cold astrophysical disk models: speculation and analysis
This increase in ¯q always overpowers the stabilizing influence of an increased ¯β 2 .
Low magnetic-Prandtl number flow configurations for cold astrophysical disk models: speculation and analysis
It is an interesting race against time, for the completion and availability of RHIC is likely to overpower AGS experimental efforts in a not too distant future.
Quo Vadis Strangeness? Strangeness - Open Questions
So, beyond a certain limit on the number of nodes, during positive deviation of c0 from the sufficient conditions, the term dT ((1 − γ )b2 − c0 ) becomes extremely negative, overpowering other benefits, thus making it undesirable for any new node to enter the network.
Sufficient Conditions for Formation of a Network Topology by Self-interested Agents