Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈrʌn /(overruns, overrunning; past overran; past participle overrun)
- 1 [with object] Spread over or occupy (a place) in large numbers: the Mediterranean has been overrun by tourists the northern frontier was overrun by invadersMore example sentences
- The aftermath of the war also means that the city isn't overrun by tourists and there are few places selling tacky souvenirs at inflated prices.
- A wicked mayor plans to overrun the town with rats, close the local primary school and convert it into loft apartments.
- The site was overrun by rats which is why they brought the rifle.
- 1.1Move or extend over or beyond: let the text overrun the right-hand marginMore example sentences
- Duncan added footnotes to ballet: extending the disciplinary boundaries of dance, overrunning the text of femininity and overstepping the marks made by pointe shoes.
- Councillors also threw their support behind the Osbaldwick number six bus route, even though villagers claim it is hardly used, and some buses are overrunning pavements on narrow roads.
- The believer can also fail by overrunning the boundary of Personal Love.
- 1.2Run over or beyond: Rufus overran third baseMore example sentences
- Alan Quinlan overran the ball but Dowling was there to pounce on the loose ball and claim the try.
- Holt burst into Ilkley's box and appeared to overrun the ball beyond the dead ball line by a yard and a half.
- 1.3Rotate faster than (another part of a machine): (as adjective overrunning) an overrunning clutchMore example sentences
- The sprag clutch, in turn, allows the electric motor to overrun the engine when its power is not being utilized.
- An overrunning clutch transmits torque in one direction only and permits the driven shaft of a machine to freewheel, or keep on rotating when the driver is stopped.
- Thus, any desired degree of braking restriction can be imposed upon the overrunning motor.
- 2 [no object] Continue beyond or above an expected or allowed time or cost: he allowed the match to overrun by 2 minutes [with object]: he mustn’t overrun his budgetMore example sentences
- With Scottish elections due next year and the devolved parliament already under fire for costs overrunning on its new building, that would be a severe blow to devolution.
- Later on we learned that Cornelius had been allowed to overrun by an hour, curfew be damned.
- The finance minister insisted it was a myth that major projects such as the building of Dublin's port tunnel habitually overran to the cost of several hundred million euros.
Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvərʌn /Back to top
- 1An instance of something exceeding an expected or allowed time or cost: the cost overrun caused the company’s share price to fallMore example sentences
- He said he also could not say if there was a cost overrun on the Mason Hall project, since that was an issue between the owner, contractor and sub-contractor.
- But their glitzy weapons often produce cost overruns, delays, and technical glitches.
- Owner and contractor may split any savings or cost overruns beyond the dead band according to a predetermined percentage.
- 2 [mass noun] The movement or extension of something beyond an expected or allotted position: the system acts as a brake to prevent cable overrun [count noun]: the pilot thinks he is braking as hard as possible but has the risk of an overrunMore example sentences
- It features a durable base tray for storage of a stage box, an ergonomic carrying handle, and an adjustable friction brake to prevent cable overrun.
- I recently witnessed a situation where a cable retrieve had just finished and a slight cable overrun had occurred, leaving a single strand over the side of the drum.
- 2.1 [count noun] A clear area beyond the end of a runway: the aircraft crossed the overrun and rolled down an embankmentMore example sentences
- As I approached the runway overrun, I started easing the power back and touched down on speed 300 feet down the runway.
- My pilot finally figured out that the arresting gear was for overruns only, so we decided to skip the arrested landing and concentrate on finding the runway.
- 3 [mass noun] The movement of a vehicle at a speed greater than is imparted by the engine: [as modifier]: the engines have overrun fuel cut-offMore example sentences
- Interim glowing takes place when necessary, for example after extended overrun if engine temperature has reduced.
- This system can also contribute to fuel saving by permitting regeneration at opportune times such as when the vehicle is on overrun.