overwritten overwritten  /ˌoʊ vər ˈrɪ tən/

Definition(s):

  • (v) write new data on top of existing data and thus erase the previously existing data

Usage(s):

  1. There is generous intelligence and authentic passion on every page, even the overwritten ones in which the author seems to have had a fit of graphomania.
  2. Others have only limited space in memory, and the day is overwritten by the events that followed, by war and hurricane and every family's private trials.
  3. He wondered what Americans saw in his long, deeply Anglophilic and, let's be frank, overwritten epic.

News

  • Pelosi's Thumb Is Still Halfway Up on Syria, Staff Indicates

    Did Nancy Pelosi's "Dear Colleague" letter on Syria endorse the Senate language on use of military force? Roll Call published a story Thursday afternoon with a headline saying she gave a "thumbs up" to the joint resolution as approved Wednesday by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Her office immediately contacted us to say the headline and lead paragraph were "overwritten."
    on September 6, 2013     Source: CQ Politics

Quotes

  1. Bartlett said he thought it "might have been overwritten."
    on Oct 23, 2006 By: Dan Bartlett Source: San Diego Union Tribune

  2. "If you're infected and your clock is not set right, things could start to happen at any time - even though the official activation time is the 3 February. We've already received first reports from users who've had files on their system overwritten...
    on Feb 1, 2006 By: Mikko Hypponen Source: ZDNet UK

  3. "There was no ambiguity in what they said," Kaplan said in an interview. "All of these stories are overwritten and overblown."
    on Apr 18, 2008 By: Rick Kaplan Source: Los Angeles Times

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