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o·ver·drive

 (ō′vər-drīv′)
n.
1. A gearing mechanism of a motor vehicle engine that reduces the power output required to maintain driving speed in a specific range by lowering the gear ratio.
2. Informal A state of heightened activity or concentration: shifted into overdrive toward the end of the semester.
tr.v. (ō′vər-drīv′) o·ver·drove (-drōv′), o·ver·driv·en (-drĭv′ən), o·ver·driv·ing, o·ver·drives
1. To drive (a vehicle) too far or too long.
2. To push (oneself) too far, as in the performance of tasks.

overdrive

n
1. (Automotive Engineering) a very high gear in a motor vehicle used at high speeds to reduce wear and save fuel
2. in overdrive in a state of intense activity
3. into overdrive into a state of intense activity
vb, -drives, -driving, -drove or -driven
(tr) to drive too hard or too far; overwork or overuse

o•ver•drive

(n. ˈoʊ vərˌdraɪv; v. ˌoʊ vərˈdraɪv)

n.
1. a device in a motor vehicle containing a gear that provides a drive shaft speed greater than the engine crankshaft speed.
2. a state of intense activity.

overdrive


Past participle: overdriven
Gerund: overdriving

Imperative
overdrive
overdrive
Present
I overdrive
you overdrive
he/she/it overdrives
we overdrive
you overdrive
they overdrive
Preterite
I overdrove
you overdrove
he/she/it overdrove
we overdrove
you overdrove
they overdrove
Present Continuous
I am overdriving
you are overdriving
he/she/it is overdriving
we are overdriving
you are overdriving
they are overdriving
Present Perfect
I have overdriven
you have overdriven
he/she/it has overdriven
we have overdriven
you have overdriven
they have overdriven
Past Continuous
I was overdriving
you were overdriving
he/she/it was overdriving
we were overdriving
you were overdriving
they were overdriving
Past Perfect
I had overdriven
you had overdriven
he/she/it had overdriven
we had overdriven
you had overdriven
they had overdriven
Future
I will overdrive
you will overdrive
he/she/it will overdrive
we will overdrive
you will overdrive
they will overdrive
Future Perfect
I will have overdriven
you will have overdriven
he/she/it will have overdriven
we will have overdriven
you will have overdriven
they will have overdriven
Future Continuous
I will be overdriving
you will be overdriving
he/she/it will be overdriving
we will be overdriving
you will be overdriving
they will be overdriving
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been overdriving
you have been overdriving
he/she/it has been overdriving
we have been overdriving
you have been overdriving
they have been overdriving
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been overdriving
you will have been overdriving
he/she/it will have been overdriving
we will have been overdriving
you will have been overdriving
they will have been overdriving
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been overdriving
you had been overdriving
he/she/it had been overdriving
we had been overdriving
you had been overdriving
they had been overdriving
Conditional
I would overdrive
you would overdrive
he/she/it would overdrive
we would overdrive
you would overdrive
they would overdrive
Past Conditional
I would have overdriven
you would have overdriven
he/she/it would have overdriven
we would have overdriven
you would have overdriven
they would have overdriven
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.overdrive - the state of high or excessive activity or productivity or concentration; "Troops are ready to go into overdrive as soon as the signal is given"; "Melissa's brain was in overdrive"
activeness, activity, action - the state of being active; "his sphere of activity"; "he is out of action"
2.overdrive - a high gear used at high speeds to maintain the driving speed with less output power
high gear, high - a forward gear with a gear ratio that gives the greatest vehicle velocity for a given engine speed
Verb1.overdrive - drive or work too hard; "The teacher is overworking his students"; "Overdriving people often suffer stress"
overwork, exploit - work excessively hard; "he is exploiting the students"
2.overdrive - make use of too often or too extensively
apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize - put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?"; "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer"
Translations

overdrive

[ˈəʊvədraɪv] N (Aut) → superdirecta f
to go into overdrive (fig) → ponerse or empezar a funcionar a toda marcha
phones and fax machines went into overdrive when the crisis strucklos faxes y teléfonos empezaron a funcionar a toda marcha or se dispararon cuando se produjo la crisis

overdrive

[ˈəʊvərdraɪv] n
to go into overdrive → passer la surmultipliée
(= gear) → surmultipliée f

overdrive

[ˈəʊvəˌdraɪv] n (Aut) → overdrive m inv
References in classic literature ?
He also remarked, on his return, that the admiral swore at him for overdriving the horses -- an indication of ill-temper, on the part of his master, which he described as being entirely without precedent in all his former experience.
Underdriving or overdriving nails is common practice along the Wasatch Front.
The same could be said about the problems associated with overdriving a scope's input amplifier.