AskDefine | Define overload

Dictionary Definition



1 an electrical load that exceeds the available electrical power
2 an excessive burden [syn: overburden]


1 become overloaded; "The aerator overloaded"
2 fill to excess so that function is impaired; "Fear clogged her mind"; "The story was clogged with too many details" [syn: clog]
3 place too much a load on; "don't overload the car" [syn: surcharge, overcharge]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. to load excessively
  2. to provide too much power to a circuit
  3. to create different functions for the same name, to be used in different contexts
  4. to fail due to excessive load


to load excessively
  • Czech: přetížit
to create different functions for the same name
  • Czech: přetížit


  1. An excessive load
  2. The damage done, or the outage caused by such a load


  • Glenn Campbell - Wichita Lineman
    I am a lineman for the county and I drive the main road / Searchin' in the sun for another overload

Derived terms


excessive load
  • Czech: přetížení
  • Greek: υπερφόρτωση

Extensive Definition

Overload may refer to:

Technology terms

  • Computer science terms
    • Function overloading, a software engineering process whereby multiple functions of different types are defined with the same name
    • Operator overloading, a software engineering process whereby operators such as + or - are treated as polymorphic functions having different behaviours depending on the types of arguments used
    • Method overloading a type of polymorphism where different functions with the same name are invoked based on the data types of the parameters passed
    • Type polymorphism or overloading, in computer science, allowing a single definition to be used with different classes of objects
  • Electrical overload, a situation where an electrical machine or system is subjected to a greater load than it was designed for
  • Information overload, the psychology term for the state of having too much information to make a decision or remain informed about a topic
  • Mechanical overload, when a component is stressed to failure in one event
  • Overloaded expression is an ambiguous operator expression can only be understood based on the context

See also

overload in Japanese: オーバーロード

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