Overall vs. Over

By Jaxson

  • Overall

    An overall, also called overalls, bib-and-brace overalls, or dungarees, is a type of garment which is usually used as protective clothing when working. Some people call an overall a “pair of overalls” by analogy with “pair of trousers”.

    Overalls were originally made of denim (cotton), but they can also be made of corduroy and khaki. Overalls were invented in the 1890s by Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis (Levi Strauss & Co.), but they went through an evolution to reach their modern form. Initially only used for protective clothing in work settings, they have become a garment of high fashion as “potential cult items”

  • Overall (adjective)

    All-encompassing, all around.

  • Overall (adverb)

    Generally; with everything considered.

  • Overall (noun)

    A garment worn over other clothing to protect it; a coverall or boiler suit. A garment, for manual labor or for casual wear, often made of a single piece of fabric, with long legs and a bib upper, supported from the shoulders with straps, and having several large pockets and loops for carrying tools.

  • Overall (noun)

    A garment, worn for manual labor, with an integral covering extending to the chest, supported by straps.

  • Over (adjective)

    Discontinued; ended or concluded.

    “The show is over.”

  • Over (adverb)

    Thoroughly; completely; from beginning to end.

    “Let’s talk over the project at tomorrow’s meeting.”

    “Let me think that over.”

    “I’m going to look over our department’s expenses.”

  • Over (adverb)

    To an excessive degree; overly.

  • Over (adverb)

    From an upright position to being horizontal.

    “He tipped the bottle over, and the water came gushing out.”

    “That building just fell over!”

    “He bent over to touch his toes.”

  • Over (adverb)

    Horizontally; left to right or right to left.

    “Slide the toilet-paper dispenser’s door over when one roll is empty in order to reveal the other.”

    “I moved over to make room for him to sit down.”

  • Over (adverb)

    From one position or state to another.

    “Please pass that over to me.”

    “He came over to our way of thinking on the new project.”

    “Come over and play!”

    “I’ll bring over a pizza.”

  • Over (adverb)

    Overnight throughout the night.

    “We stayed over at Grandma’s.”

    “Can I sleep over?”

  • Over (adverb)

    Again; another time; once more; over again.

    “I lost my paper and I had to do the entire assignment over.”

  • Over (adverb)

    (procedure word, military) a procedure word meaning that a station is finished transmitting and is expecting a response.

    “Bravo Six, this is Bravo Six Four. Stand by for ten mike report one dash three, over.”

    “Bravo Six Four, this is Bravo Six Actual. Send your traffic, over.”

  • Over (noun)

    A set of six legal balls bowled.

  • Over (noun)

    Any surplus amount of money, goods delivered, etc.

  • Over (noun)

    A shore, riverbank.

    “The sea’s over.”

  • Over (preposition)

    Physical positioning.

  • Over (preposition)

    On top of; above; higher than; further up.

    “Hold the sign up over your head.”

    “climb up the ladder and look over [the roof]”

  • Over (preposition)

    Across or spanning.

    “There is a bridge over the river.”

  • Over (preposition)

    In such a way as to cover.

    “drape the fabric over the table;”

    “there is a roof over the house”

  • Over (preposition)

    By comparison.

  • Over (preposition)

    From one physical position to another via an obstacle that must be traversed vertically, first upwards and then downwards.

    “The dog jumped over the fence.”

    “I’ll go over [the fence] first and then help you.”

    “Let’s walk over the hill to get there.”

  • Over (preposition)

    More than; to a greater degree.

    “I prefer the purple over the pink.”

  • Over (preposition)

    Beyond; past; exceeding; too much or too far.

    “I think I’m over my limit for calories for today.”

  • Over (preposition)

    Divided by.

    “four over two equals two over one”

  • Over (preposition)

    Separates the three of a kind from the pair in a full house.

    9♦9♠9♣6♥6♠ = nines over sixes”

  • Over (preposition)

    Finished with; done with; from one state to another via a hindrance that must be solved or defeated; or via a third state that represents a significant difference from the first two.

    “We got over the engineering problems and the prototype works great.”

    “I am over my cold and feel great again.”

    “I know the referee made a bad call, but you have to get over it [your annoyance with the referee’s decision].”

    “She is finally over [the distress of] losing her job.”

    “He is finally over his [distress over the loss of the relationship with his] ex-girlfriend.”

  • Over (preposition)

    While using, especially while consuming.

  • Over (preposition)

    Concerning or regarding.

    “The two boys had a fight over whose girlfriend was the best.”

  • Over (preposition)

    Above, implying superiority after a contest; in spite of; notwithstanding.

    “We triumphed over difficulties.”

    “The bill was passed over the veto.”

    “It was a fine victory over their opponents.”

  • Over (interjection)

    In radio communications: end of sentence, ready to receive reply.

    “How do you receive? Over!”

  • Overall (adjective)

    taking everything into account

    “the governors and head have overall responsibility for managing the school”

    “the overall effect is impressive”

  • Overall (adverb)

    taken as a whole; in all

    “overall, 10,000 jobs will go”

  • Overall (noun)

    a loose-fitting coat or one-piece garment worn over ordinary clothes for protection against dirt or heavy wear

    “a pair of overalls”

    “men in grubby blue overalls”

  • Overall (noun)

    close-fitting trousers formerly worn as part of an army uniform, now only on ceremonial or formal occasions.

  • Overall (noun)


Oxford Dictionary

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