overkill


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o·ver·kill

 (ō′vər-kĭl′)
n.
1. The destructive use of military force beyond the amount needed to destroy an enemy.
2. The excessive use of force in killing an individual or organism.
3. Elimination or drastic reduction of an animal population by hunting or killing.
4. An excess of what is necessary or appropriate for a particular end: "government overkill in dealing with dissent" (Jesse Unruh).
v. (ō′vər-kĭl′) o·ver·killed, o·ver·kill·ing, o·ver·kills
v.tr.
1. To destroy (an enemy or enemy target) with more force than necessary.
2. To use excessive force in killing (an individual, for example).
3. To kill too many of (a population of animals) for the population to maintain itself in substantial numbers.
4. To apply an excess of what is necessary or appropriate for (a particular end): overkill an advertising campaign.
v.intr.
To engage in overkill.

overkill

(ˈəʊvəˌkɪl)
n
1. (Military) the capability to deploy more weapons, esp nuclear weapons, than is necessary to ensure military advantage
2. any capacity or treatment that is greater than that required or appropriate

o•ver•kill

(ˈoʊ vərˌkɪl)

n.
1. the capacity to destroy by nuclear weapons more of an enemy than would be necessary for a victory.
2. an instance of such destruction.
3. an excess of what is suitable.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.overkill - the capability to obliterate a target with more weapons (especially nuclear weapons) than are requiredoverkill - the capability to obliterate a target with more weapons (especially nuclear weapons) than are required
capability, capableness - the quality of being capable -- physically or intellectually or legally; "he worked to the limits of his capability"
2.overkill - any effort that seems to go farther than would be necessary to achieve its goal
elbow grease, exertion, effort, travail, sweat - use of physical or mental energy; hard work; "he got an A for effort"; "they managed only with great exertion"
Translations

overkill

[ˈəʊvəkɪl] N
1. (Mil) → capacidad f excesiva de destrucción
2. (fig) there is a danger of overkill herecorremos peligro de excedernos

overkill

[ˈəʊvərkɪl] n
to be overkill (= excessive) → être exagéré
Such security measures may be overkill → De telles mesures de sécurité sont peut-être exagérées.
It would be overkill → Ce serait exagéré.

overkill

[ˈəʊvəˌkɪl] n (Mil) → potenziale m (nucleare) superiore al necessario (fig) → esagerazione f
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