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From over- +‎ strike.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈəʊvəstɹʌɪk/, /əʊvəˈstɹʌɪk/


overstrike (third-person singular simple present overstrikes, present participle overstriking, simple past and past participle overstruck)

  1. (obsolete, reflexive) To overreach oneself while striking. [16th c.]
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.11:
      For as he in his rage him overstrooke, / He, ere he could his weapon backe repaire, / His side all bare and naked overtooke, / And with his mortal steel quite through the body strooke.
  2. (transitive) To cover up (a design, mark etc.) by stamping another on top of it; to superimpose a mark or logo on (a coin, stamp, etc.). [from 20th c.]
  3. (transitive) To strike (something) too hard. [from 20th c.]


overstrike (countable and uncountable, plural overstrikes)

  1. (numismatics) A coin that has been overstruck, i.e. coined more than once. [from 20th c.]
  2. (typography) The printing of one character over another, as - on top of L to produce Ł. [from 20th c.]
  3. (computing, uncountable) overtype (feature where input replaces existing characters instead of being inserted before them)