Dictionary: O-VA'RI-OUS – O-VER-BAL'ANC-ED

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Consisting of eggs; as, ovarious food. Thomson.

O'VA-RY, n. [Fr. ovaire; L. ovarium, from ovum, an egg.]

  1. The part of a female animal in which the eggs are formed or lodged; or the part in which the fetus is supposed to be formed. Encyc. Coxe.
  2. In botany, a hollow case or covering inclosing ovula. It contains one or more cavities called cells. Lindley.

O'VATE, or O'VA-TED, a. [L. ovatus, from ovum, an egg.]

Egg-shaped, with the lower extremities broadest; as, an ovate leaf.


Between ovate and lanceolate. – Martyn.


Between ovate and subulate.

O-VA'TION, n. [L. ovatio.]

In Roman antiquity, a lesser triumph allowed to commanders who had conquered without blood, or defeated an inconsiderable enemy. – Encyc.


Between ovate and oblong. – Martyn.

OV-EN, n. [uv'n; Sax. ofen; G. ofen; D. oven; Dan. ovn. Qu. Gr. ιπνος, Sw. ugn. In Russ. ovini are small wooden kilns for drying corn. Tooke.]

An arch of brick or stone work, for baking bread and other things for food. Ovens are made in chimneys or set in the open air.

O'VER, a.

  1. Past. The Olympic games were over. – Milner.
  2. Upper; covering; as, over-shoes; over-leather.

O'VER, adv.

  1. From side to side; as, a board a foot over; a tree a foot over, a foot in diameter.
  2. On the opposite side. The boat is safe over.
  3. From one to another by passing; as, to deliver over goods to another.
  4. From one country to another by passing; as, to carry any thing over to France, or to bring any thing over to England. – Bacon.
  5. On the surface.
  6. Above the top. Good measure, pressed down and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. – Luke vi.
  7. More than the quantity assigned; beyond a limit. He that gathered much had nothing over. – Exod. xvi.
  8. Throughout; from beginning to end; completely; as, to read over a book; to argue a question over again. Over and over, repeatedly; once and again. And every night review'd it o'er and o'er. – Harte. Over again, once more; with repetition. O kill not all my kindred o'er again. – Dryden. Over and above, besides; beyond what is supposed or limited. He gained, over and above, the good will of the people. – L'Estrange. Over against, opposite; in front. Over against this church stands a large hospital. – Addison. Over is used with rolling or turning from side to side; as, to turn over; to roll over. To give over, to cease from; as, to give over an enterprise. #2. To consider as in a hopeless state; as, the physicians have given over their patient. Over, in composition, denotes spreading, covering above; as in overcast, overflow; or across, as to overhear; or above, as to overhang; or turning, changing sides, as in overturn; or more generally beyond, implying excess or superiority, as in overact, overcome.

O'VER, prep. [Sax. ober, ofer; Goth. ufar; G. über; D. and Dan. over; Sw. ofver; Gr. ὑπερ, whence probably L. super; Arm. uvar, var, oar, ar; Ir. ar, formerly fair or fer; W. ar; Corn. uar. Qu. Gr. παρα. This word corresponds in sense with עבר in the Shemitic dialects, signifying to pass, in almost any manner; to pass over, as a river, to pass beyond, to pass away, to pass by; in short, to move, depart or go, Sax. faran, to fare. Hence the derivative sense of beyond, either on the other side or above; hence the sense of excess, which supposes the passing of a limit; hence the sense of opposite or against, in the Gr. ὑπερ, for the further side of a river is the opposite side. We do not use the word in this sense, except with against. See Class Br, No. 23. The Persian corresponding word is فَراَ fara, which coincides nearly with the Greek παρα, and both seem to be more directly from the Ar. أفَرَ abara, to go beyond. Class Br, No. 37.]

  1. Across; from side to side; implying a passing or moving either above the substance or thing, or on the surface of it. Thus we say, a dog leaps over a stream, or over a table; a boat sails over a lake.
  2. Above in place or position; opposed to below; as, the clouds over our heads. The smoke rises over the city. The mercy-seat that is over the testimony. – Ex. xxx.
  3. Above, denoting superiority in excellence, dignity or value; as, the advantages which the Christian world has over the heathen. – Swift. Young Pallas shone conspicuous o'er the rest. – Dryden.
  4. Above in authority, implying the right or power of superintending or governing; opposed to under. Thou shalt be over my house. – Gen. xii. I will make thee ruler over many things. – Matth. xxv.
  5. Upon the surface or whole surface; through the whole extent; as, to wander over the earth; to walk over a field, or over a city.
  6. Upon. Watch over your children. Dost thou not watch over my sin? – Job xiv. His tender mercies are over all his works. – Ps. cxlv.
  7. During the whole time; from beginning to end; as, to keep any thing over night; to keep corn over winter.
  8. Above the top; covering; immersing; as, the water is over the shoes or boots. Over night. In this phrase, over sometimes signifies before; as, when preparing for a journey, we provide things necessary over night. Over, in poetry, is often contracted into o'er.

O-VER-A-BOUND', v.i.

To abound more than enough; to be superabundant. – Pope.

O-VER-ACT', v.i.

To act more than is necessary. – B. Jonson.

O-VER-ACT', v.t.

To act or perform to excess; as, he overacted his part. – Atterbury.


Acted to excess.


Performing more than is necessary.


To agitate or dismiss beyond what is expedient. – Hall.


A kind of trowsers.


Anxious to excess.

O-VER-ARCH', v.t.

To arch over; to cover with an arch. Brown with o'erarching shades. – Pope.

O-VER-AWE, v.t. [overaw'.]

To restrain by awe, fear or superior influence. The king was present in person to overlook the magistrates and overawe the subjects with the terror of his sword. – Spenser.

O-VER-AW'ED, pp.

Restrained by awe.


Excess of weight or value; something more than an equivalent; as, an overbalance of exports; an overbalance of probabilities. – Temple. Locke.


To weigh down; to exceed in weight, value or importance. The evils which spring from vice overbalance all its pleasures.


Weighed down; exceeded in weight or importance.