From over- + strike.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈəʊvəstɹʌɪk/, /əʊvəˈstɹʌɪk/
overstrike (third-person singular simple present overstrikes, present participle overstriking, simple past and past participle overstruck)
- (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.
- (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.]
- (transitive) To strike (something) too hard. [from 20th c.]
overstrike (countable and uncountable, plural overstrikes)
- (numismatics) A coin that has been overstruck, i.e. coined more than once. [from 20th c.]
- (typography) The printing of one character over another, as - on top of L to produce Ł. [from 20th c.]
- (computing, uncountable) overtype (feature where input replaces existing characters instead of being inserted before them)