Overwhelm

Definition of Overwhelm

O`ver`whelm´
v. t.1.To cover over completely, as by a great wave; to overflow and bury beneath; to ingulf; hence, figuratively, to immerse and bear down; to overpower; to crush; to bury; to oppress, etc., overpoweringly.
The sea overwhelmed their enemies.
- Ps. lxxviii. 53.
Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.
- Ps. lv. 5.
Foul deeds will rise,
Though all the earth o'erwhelm them.
- Shak.
Gaza yet stands; but all her sons are fallen,
All in a moment overwhelmed and fallen.
- Milton.
2.To project or impend over threateningly.
3.To cause to surround, to cover.
n.1.The act of overwhelming.

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