Definition of overstrike in English:


Pronunciation /ˈōvərˌstrīk/ /ˈoʊvərˌstraɪk/


  • 1The superimposing of one printed character or one coin design on another.

    ‘Its primary purpose is to switch from insert mode to overstrike mode during text editing, and I never use overstrike mode.’
    • ‘If we use absolute coordinates to place symbols on a map plotted for these scales, we often encounter symbology overstrike or, in layman's terms, an unreadable cartographic mess.’
    • ‘Over the years, a few coins surfaced where one could easily see the overstrike of the 1/2 Balboa on a Kennedy Half Dollar.’
    1. 1.1A coin showing one design superimposed on another.
      ‘Overstrike - a coin that instead of being struck on a blank planchlet was accidentally struck on a previously struck coin.’
      • ‘This unusual coin is an overstrike - a coin of Arcadius made using an existing coin of Theodosius II instead of a fresh, blank flan.’