v. o·ver·set, o·ver·set·ting, o·ver·sets
1. To throw into a confused or disturbed state; upset: "The news is sure to overset him" (Charles Dickens).
a. To set (type or copy) in excess of what is needed.
b. To set too much type for (a given space).
To set too much material for a given space.
n. (ō′vər-sĕt′) Printing
Too much typeset matter.
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vb (tr) , -sets, -setting or -set
1. to disturb or upset
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing to set (type or copy) in excess of the space available
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) another name for overmatter
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o•ver•set(v. ˌoʊ vərˈsɛt; n. ˈoʊ vərˌsɛt)
v. -set, -set•ting,
1. to upset or overturn.
2. to throw into confusion.
3. to set excess type matter for.n.
4. an act or instance of oversetting.
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Past participle: overset
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