• WordNet 3.6
    • v overrun run beyond or past "The plane overran the runway"
    • v overrun seize the position of and defeat "the Crusaders overran much of the Holy Land"
    • v overrun invade in great numbers "the roaches infested our kitchen"
    • v overrun flow or run over (a limit or brim)
    • v overrun occupy in large numbers or live on a host "the Kudzu plant infests much of the South and is spreading to the North"
    • n overrun too much production or more than expected
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Coney Island in New York got its name from rabbits. In early days it was overrun by rabbits, which were often referred to as coneys.
    • Overrun To abuse or oppress, as if by treading upon. "None of them the feeble overran ."
    • Overrun (Print) To carry over, or back, as type, from one line or page into the next after, or next before.
    • Overrun To exceed in distance or speed of running; to go beyond or pass in running. "Ahimaaz ran by the way of the plain, and overran Cushi."
    • Overrun (Print) To extend beyond its due or desired length; as, a line, or advertisement, overruns .
    • Overrun (Print) To extend the contents of (a line, column, or page) into the next line, column, or page.
    • Overrun To go beyond; to extend in part beyond; as, one line overruns another in length.
    • Overrun To run over; to grow or spread over in excess; to invade and occupy; to take possession of; as, the vine overran its trellis; the farm is overrun with witch grass. "Those barbarous nations that overran the world."
    • Overrun To run, pass, spread, or flow over or by something; to be beyond, or in excess. "Despised and trodden down of all that overran ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overrun To run over in speech or in thought; traverse; go over.
    • overrun To run or spread over; grow over; cover all over; extend over or throughout; be propagated throughout.
    • overrun To harass by hostile incursions; overcome and take possession of by invasion.
    • overrun To outrun; run faster than (another) and leave (him) behind.
    • overrun To run beyond; exceed; especially, to go beyond some prescribed or recognized limit, as of space or time.
    • overrun To run over or run down; tread down; over-whelm; crash by superior force.
    • overrun In printing, to extend, as composed types, beyond the limit first determined; carry over (words or lines) to the next line, column, or page.
    • overrun To become superabundant or excessive; overflow; run over.
    • overrun To extend beyond the due or desired length, as a line or page in printing, or beyond any prescribed or desired limit, as in the paying out of a line from a reel, etc.
    • n overrun In printing, composed type run over into the next line or page, to make space for something else, etc. See overrun, v. t., 7.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Overrun ō-vėr-run′ to run or spread over: to grow over: to spread over and take possession of: to crush down:
    • v.i Overrun to run over: to extend beyond the right length, as a line or page in printing
    • v.t Overrun ō-vėr-run′ (B.) to run faster than: to pass in running: to extend composed types beyond their first limit
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In literature:

The stages and dressing-rooms in the theaters were almost always dirty and were frequently overrun with rats.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
Camp's overrun now with just such scoots.
"What Answer?" by Anna E. Dickinson
The great Assyrian was not content merely to overrun Egypt; he was bent upon holding it.
"Ancient Egypt" by George Rawlinson
His reign began at 4 P.M. one Wednesday (no, Thursday) afternoon and early the next morning Mercia was overrun by the West-Saxons.
"Love Conquers All" by Robert C. Benchley
One day Bok was handling a story by Rudyard Kipling which had overrun the space allowed for it in the front.
"A Dutch Boy Fifty Years After" by Edward Bok
The Indians were overrunning all the forests and lakes.
"French and English" by Evelyn Everett-Green
The mines are overrun with ruffians, who have no fear of law, and can only be kept in awe by courage superior to their own.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
But Protestantism, which had overrun Germany, had pervaded Switzerland and France, and was daily on the increase.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
A garden will soon be overrun with weeds and briars, if it is not cultivated with the greatest care.
"Wreaths of Friendship" by T. S. Arthur and F. C. Woodworth
Our school is overrun with pupils this school year.
"The American Missionary, Vol. 43, No. 7, July, 1889" by Various

In poetry:

A name to hear in soft accord
Of leaves by light winds overrun,
Or read, upon the greening sward
Of May, in shade and sun.
"A Name" by John Greenleaf Whittier
So live the fathers in their sons,
Their sturdy faith be ours,
And ours the love that overruns
Its rocky strength with flowers!
"The Mayflowers" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Oh, favors every year made new!
Oh, gifts with rain and sunshine sent
The bounty overruns our due,
The fulness shames our discontent.
"For An Autumn festival" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Our conquest these: if haply we retain
The reverence that ne'er will overrun
Due boundaries of realms from Nature won,
Nor let the poet's awe in rapture wane.
"Forest History" by George Meredith
The fly that lit upon thee,
To stretch the tendrils of its tiny feet,
Along thy leaf's pure edges, after heat,—-
If lighting now,—-would coldly overrun thee.
"A Dead Rose" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
But we, in anchor-watches calm,
The Indian Psyche's languor won,
And, musing, breathed primeval balm
From Edens ere yet overrun;
Marvelling mild if mortal twice,
Here and hereafter, touch a Paradise.
"To Ned" by Herman Melville

In news:

Mayor Lee Leffingwell, speaking at the WTP4 site in 2011, defended the project's $15 million overrun.
We won't be overrun by intelligent apes or blow ourselves up to pave way for their rise.
Instagram is overrun with new users, and Netiquette columnists have advice on how to use it.
Canadians Overrun Bellingham , Wash. Jump to Navigation.
The Bosnian town of Srebrenica was overrun by Serb forces in 1995.
Officials consult legal counsel in $41M overrun.
Spain overruns Panama 5-1 in friendly in Central America .
The streets of San Francisco were overrun by people on two wheels Friday night.
Libyans celebrate overrunning Qaddafi's compound in Tripoli.
Brad and I have always been bothered by the amount of stuff we have, especially after we started being overrun by baby equipment and toys.
On Sept 11, the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked and overrun.
Sand dunes and steel sheets driven underground will be used as temporary fixes to shore up a portion of Fort Lauderdale beach and State Road A1A that have been overrun by the ocean.
Will the US Federal Reserve look the other way if inflation overruns its target.
NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO – Will the US Federal Reserve look the other way if inflation overruns its target.
7 Years After Katrina, New Orleans Is Overrun by Wild Dogs.

In science:

After including overrunning, the usual convention of doubling them for 2-sided alternatives may be appropriate.
Sequential tests and estimates after overrunning based on $p$-value combination
Conditional on to , a sufficient statistic for the overrunning data is the increment Y observed during the overrunning time increment to .
Sequential tests and estimates after overrunning based on $p$-value combination
There may be additional randomness in to ; it is sufficient to let to (t, x) be the conditional expectation of overrunning information, given (T , X ) = (t, x).
Sequential tests and estimates after overrunning based on $p$-value combination
And at the end of overrunning, a conditional p-value p2 is simply ¯Φ(cid:0)(y − δo to )/√to (cid:1), given to = to (t, x). A combination p-value is therefore given by (2.1). (Here, (T , X ) plays the role of X in Section 2.) Hence, Corollary 3.1.
Sequential tests and estimates after overrunning based on $p$-value combination
Intuitively, when a rejection occurs “early”, overrunning can reverse it but the chances of compensating with reversals in the other direction may be minimal.
Sequential tests and estimates after overrunning based on $p$-value combination