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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Overwhelm  \O`ver*whelm"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Overwhelmed};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Overwhelming}.] 
  1.  To  cover  over  completely,  as  by  a  great  wave;  to  overflow 
  and  bury  beneath;  to  ingulf;  hence  figuratively,  to 
  immerse  and  bear  down  to  overpower;  to  crush;  to  bury;  to 
  oppress,  etc.,  overpoweringly. 
  The  sea  overwhelmed  their  enemies.  --Ps.  lxxviii. 
  Fearfulness  and  trembling  are  come  upon  me  and 
  horror  hath  overwhelmed  me  --Ps.  lv  5. 
  Foul  deeds  will  rise,  Though  all  the  earth  o'erwhelm 
  them  --Shak. 
  Gaza  yet  stands;  but  all  her  sons  are  fallen,  All  in 
  a  moment  overwhelmed  and  fallen.  --Milton. 
  2.  To  project  or  impend  over  threateningly. 
  His  louering  brows  o'erwhelming  his  fair  sight. 
  3.  To  cause  to  surround,  to  cover.  --Papin. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Overwhelming  \O`ver*whelm"ing\,  a. 
  Overpowering;  irresistible.  --  {O`ver*whelm"ing*ly},  adv 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  so  strong  as  to  be  irresistible;  "an  overpowering  need  for 
  solitude";  "the  temptation  to  despair  may  become 
  overwhelming";  "an  overwhelming  majority"  [syn:  {overpowering}] 
  2:  very  intense;  "politics  is  his  consuming  passion"; 
  "overwhelming  joy"  [syn:  {consuming}] 

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