Main meanings of overblow in English

: overblow1overblow2


Pronunciation /ˈəʊvəbləʊ/


  • An instance of overblowing something; (Metallurgy) a period or instance of overblowing a charge in a blast furnace.


Early 18th century. From overblow.

Main meanings of overblow in English

: overblow1overblow2


Pronunciation /ˌəʊvəˈbləʊ/


  • 1Of the wind, etc.: to blow over the surface of. Of snow, sand, etc.: to cover (an animal, area, etc.) by blowing or being blown over.

  • 2Music
    To blow (an instrument) too hard or too loudly; to supply wind at too great a pressure to (an organ pipe).

  • 3To manipulate the behaviour of the column of air in (a wind instrument, or an organ pipe) in such a way as to produce a harmonic or overtone instead of the fundamental note. Also (of the instrument or pipe): to produce (a harmonic or overtone) by this means. Also without object or (occasionally) reflexive.

  • 4Metallurgy
    To subject (a charge in a blast furnace) to an excessive length of blast.

  • 5To exaggerate, overplay.


Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From over- + blow.