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Meaning of 'over' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Over [ a.]
- Upper; covering; higher; superior; also, excessive; too much or too great; -- chiefly used in composition; as, overshoes, overcoat, over-garment, overlord, overwork, overhaste.
2 . Over [ adv.]
- From one side to another; from side to side; across; crosswise; as, a board, or a tree, a foot over, i. e., a foot in diameter.
- From one person or place to another regarded as on the opposite side of a space or barrier; -- used with verbs of motion; as, to sail over to England; to hand over the money; to go over to the enemy.
- Also, with verbs of being: At, or on, the opposite side; as, the boat is over.
- From beginning to end; throughout the course, extent, or expanse of anything; as, to look over accounts, or a stock of goods; a dress covered over with jewels.
- From inside to outside, above or across the brim.
- Beyond a limit; hence, in excessive degree or quantity; superfluously; with repetition; as, to do the whole work over.
- In a manner to bring the under side to or towards the top; as, to turn (one's self) over; to roll a stone over; to turn over the leaves; to tip over a cart.
- At an end; beyond the limit of continuance; completed; finished.
3 . Over [ n.]
- A certain number of balls (usually four) delivered successively from behind one wicket, after which the ball is bowled from behind the other wicket as many times, the fielders changing places.
4 . Over [ prep.]
- Above, or higher than, in place or position, with the idea of covering; -- opposed to under; as, clouds are over our heads; the smoke rises over the city.
- Across; from side to side of; -- implying a passing or moving, either above the substance or thing, or on the surface of it; as, a dog leaps over a stream or a table.
- Upon the surface of, or the whole surface of; hither and thither upon; throughout the whole extent of; as, to wander over the earth; to walk over a field, or over a city.
- Above; -- implying superiority in excellence, dignity, condition, or value; as, the advantages which the Christian world has over the heathen.
- Above in authority or station; -- implying government, direction, care, attention, guard, responsibility, etc.; -- opposed to under.
- Across or during the time of; from beginning to end of; as, to keep anything over night; to keep corn over winter.
- Above the perpendicular height or length of, with an idea of measurement; as, the water, or the depth of water, was over his head, over his shoes.
- Beyond; in excess of; in addition to; more than; as, it cost over five dollars.
- Above, implying superiority after a contest; in spite of; notwithstanding; as, he triumphed over difficulties; the bill was passed over the veto.

Meaning of 'over' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . over [ r]
Meaning (1):
- beyond the top or upper surface or edge; forward from an upright position
Example in sentence:
  • a roof that hangs over
Meaning (2):
- at or to a point across intervening space etc.
Example in sentence:
  • come over and see us some time;
  • over there
Meaning (3):
- over the entire area
Example in sentence:
  • everything was dusted over with a fine layer of soot;
  • she ached all over;
  • the wallpaper was covered all over with flowers
Meaning (4):
- throughout an area
Example in sentence:
  • he is known the world over
Meaning (5):
- throughout a period of time
Example in sentence:
  • stay over the weekend
6 . over [ s]
Meaning (6):
- having come or been brought to a conclusion
Example in sentence:
  • the abruptly terminated interview;
  • the affair is over, ended, finished;
  • the harvesting was complete