overwrite[ō′vər rīt′; also, and for n.always, ō′vər rīt′]
overwrite definition by Webster's New World
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transitive verb, intransitive verb overwrote, overwritten, overwriting
- to write (something) over other writing
- to write over (other writing)
- Comput. to record (data) in a file, on a disk, etc. in such a way as to replace data that is already there
- to write too much about (some subject)
- to write (something) in too flowery or labored a style
- override ()
overwrite definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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verb o·ver·wrote , o·ver·writ·ten , o·ver·writ·ing, o·ver·writes verb, transitive
- To cover (something) with writing.
- To write about in an artificial or an excessively elaborate, wordy style.
- Computer Science a. To destroy or lose (old data) by recording new data over it: accidentally overwrote an important document.b. To record (new data) on top of already stored data, thus destroying the old data: overwrote an updated document on top of an earlier draft.
To write artificial, excessively elaborate, or wordy prose.
overwrite - Computer Definition
To record new data on top of existing data in a rewritable medium such as main memory, magnetic disk or rewritable optical disks. See direct overwrite.