- When you make someone angry or sad, this is an example of a time when you overset him.
- When you tip over a boat, this is an example of a situation where you overset the boat.
transitive verb-·set′, -·set′ting
- to overcome or upset
- to overturn or overthrow
- to set too great an amount of (type or copy), or too much type for (a given space)
- an overturning
- type matter set and not used
verbo·ver·set, o·ver·set·ting, o·ver·sets
- To throw into a confused or disturbed state; upset: “The news is sure to overset him” ( Charles Dickens )
- Printing a. To set (type or copy) in excess of what is needed.b. To set too much type for (a given space).
(third-person singular simple present oversets, present participle oversetting, simple past and past participle overset)
- (intransitive) To turn, or to be turned, over; to be upset.
- To physically disturb (someone); to make nauseous, upset.
- To knock over, capsize, overturn.
- (now rare) To unbalance (a situation, state etc.); to confuse, to put into disarray.
- (printing) to set (type or copy) in excess of what is needed; to set too much type for a given space.
- To translate.
- To overfill.
From Middle English oversetten (“to set over, upset"), from Old English ofersettan (“to set over, conquer, overcome"), corresponding to over- +"Ž set, from Proto-Germanic *uber (“over") + *satjanÄ… (“to set"). Compare Dutch overzetten (“to ferry, transport, translate"), German Ã¼bersetzen (“to cross over, translate").