overload

To overload is to load an excessive amount in or on something, such as an overload of electricity which shorts out the circuits. Overloading causes a "Too much!" situation.

To overload is to push something or someone too far. A supervisor can overload an employee by assigning a too much work. People can overload a bus if there are too many of them. A fuse will blow if too many appliances overload the circuits; this is called an overload (the noun form). When something gets overloaded, it usually stops working. Hair can overload or clog a sink, which will stop draining water. When something gets overloaded, there's more of something than it can handle.

DEFINITIONS OF: overload

1

v place too much a load on

“don't overload the car”
Synonyms:
overcharge, surcharge
Type of:
lade, laden, load, load up
fill or place a load on

v fill to excess so that function is impaired

Synonyms:
clog
Type of:
fill, fill up, make full
make full, also in a metaphorical sense

v become overloaded

“The aerator overloaded

n an electrical load that exceeds the available electrical power

Type of:
burden, load, loading
weight to be borne or conveyed

n an excessive burden

Synonyms:
overburden
Type of:
burden, load, loading
weight to be borne or conveyed

WORD FORMS

v
place too much a burden on
1 overload
n
an electrical output that exceeds available electrical power
2 overload
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