March 6, 2008

Numbers 3 and 4

o·ver·whelm: (ō'vər-hwělm', -wělm') tr.v.
** o·ver·whelmed, o·ver·whelm·ing, o·ver·whelms

1. To surge over and submerge; engulf: waves overwhelming the rocky shoreline.

2. To defeat completely and decisively: Our team overwhelmed the visitors by 40 points.

3. To affect deeply in mind or emotion: Despair overwhelmed me.

4. To present with an excessive amount: They overwhelmed us with expensive gifts.

5. To turn over; upset: The small craft was overwhelmed by the enormous waves.