I. adverb Date: 13th century 1. all over 1 <
the pattern used overall
2. from one end to the other <
600 feet long overall
3. a. in view of all the circumstances or conditions <
overall, the sale was a success
b. as a whole ; generally <
doesn't do as well overall
c. with everyone or everything taken into account <
was third overall in earnings
got 31 miles to the gallon overall
II. noun Date: 1797 1. a. plural, archaic loose protective trousers worn over regular clothes b. usually plural trousers of strong material usually with a bib and shoulder straps 2. chiefly British a loose-fitting protective smock worn over regular clothing III. adjective Date: 1894 1. including everything 2. viewed as a whole ; general

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  • Overall — O ver*all, adv. Everywhere. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • overall — ► ADJECTIVE 1) inclusive of everything; total. 2) taking everything into account. ► ADVERB ▪ taken as a whole. ► NOUN (also overalls) Brit. ▪ a loose fitting garment worn over ordinary clothes for protection …   English terms dictionary

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