• WordNet 3.6
    • v overpower overcome by superior force
    • v overpower overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Overpower A dominating power.
    • v. t Overpower To excel or exceed in power; to cause to yield by superior power; to vanquish; to subdue; as, the light overpowers the eyes. "And overpower'd that gallant few."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n overpower Too great a power; extensive power.
    • overpower To vanquish by superior power or force; subdue; reduce to silence, inaction, or submission; defeat.
    • overpower To be too intense or violent for: overcome by intensity; overwhelm: as, his emotions overpowered him.
    • overpower Synonyms Beat, Overwhelm, etc. (see defeat), overbear, master, crush.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Overpower ō-vėr-pow′ėr to have or gain power over: to subdue, defeat: to overwhelm
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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:

General Froneman succeeded in overpowering the garrison at the railway bridge, and took fifty-eight prisoners.
"Three Years' War" by Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
Thus day after day for several weeks there was no change, till I was seized with an overpowering horror of unbroken calm.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
When attacked they made a most desperate defence, but at last were overpowered by numbers and taken.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Leon had not been able to overpower Jared's personality evidently.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
The noise was deafening, overpowering.
"The Stowaway Girl" by Louis Tracy
He was at last found upon the beach overpowered with wine; and there slain.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.)" by Jacob Bryant
Doctrine, voice, and man were alike terrible and overpowering.
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson
They really meant to force him into the car, and overpower him.
"One Wonderful Night" by Louis Tracy
I myself will watch to-night and when the thief appears I will overpower him and bring him to you.
"The Laughing Prince" by Parker Fillmore
An overpowering desire had come upon her to confess.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine

In poetry:

See how the sun-god
The summer lying
Deep in flowers;
"Summer Songs" by Richard Le Gallienne
He is loyal as steel, but demands a square deal,
And he hates and despises a coward.
Yet the cowboy you'll find unto woman is kind,
Though he'll fight till by death overpowered.
"Texas Types -- The Cowboy" by William Lawrence Chittenden
What anguish rankled 'neath that silent breast?
What spectral figures mocked those staring eyes,
Luring them on to Stygian mysteries?
What overpowering sense of grief distressed?
"The Suicide." by Alfred Castner King
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
But he defended himself nobly with axe and sword in hand,
But, alas! he was soon overpowered by that savage band,
And his body received a hundred spear wounds and more,
While his murderers exultingly did loudly shriek and roar.
"General Gordon, the Hero of Khartoum" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Reggie Baker poured in 26 points as Potomac State overpowered Shenandoah, 112-57, in college men's basketball Thursday evening.
It's relatively thin, definitely not sweet and seriously but not overpoweringly spiced.
Clemson overpowers Terps in 45-10 blowout .
Runnin' Utes overpower Boise State, pay tribute to Rick Majerus.
If you choose red wine, pick one that won't overpower the flavors within the beef rolls.
But in chocolate and frozen treats, it overpowered other ingredients.
SHANGHAI—Sky marshals and passengers aboard a plane in China's restive western province of Xinjiang on Friday overpowered a group of six people attempting to hijack the aircraft, official media reported.
Afghan forces and coalition helicopters overpowered the remaining insurgents .
Juhg -er-nawt: any large, overpowering, destructive force or object, as war, a giant battleship, or a powerful football team.
Police say the 6-foot-6 defendant overpowered the much shorter McWilliams and repeatedly stabbed him before fleeing.
Crusaders overpower Gators for 18-8 win in six innings.
McDaniel, Cavemen overpower Morton .
North Mahaska overpower Colo-Nesco, 38-0.
Lake Odessa Lakewood overpowers North Branch.
A hint of garlic was tasty but not overpowering.

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