Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Forming an arch overhead or above: overarching branches.
  • adj. Extending over or throughout: "I am not sure whether the missing ingredient . . . is surprise or an overarching radiance” ( John Simon).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of overarch.
  • adj. That forms an overhead arch
  • adj. all-embracing or overwhelming

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Forming an arch (over something).
  • adj. Dominating or overshadowing all other considerations.

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Examples

  • Braun's financial advisers offered additional information about her CMB One Corp., which they described as the overarching company she has set up to handle everything from her public speaking income to her fledgling organic foods business.

    chicagotribune.com - News

  • NAB president Gordon Smith has said that he is willing to have a conversation about the FCC's inquiries into more spectrum, but NAB has also set out what it calls overarching principles for the broadband plan:

    Multichannel News: Business News

  • NAB President Gordon Smith has said that he is willing to have a conversation about the FCC's inquiries into more spectrum, but NAB has also set out what it calls overarching principles for the broadband plan:

    B&C - Advertising News

  • At a macro-level, the government has a large role it has to play to integrate the issue of the environment within overarching development policy.

    Beverly Bell: An Alternative Environmental Future for Haiti

  • This article articulates my main overarching criticism.

    Matthew Yglesias » Democratic Presidents’ Base Problem

  • Not only are questions open, they are not fixed within overarching guideposts.

    A Design Process

  • Whereas each episode of The Sopranos advanced certain overarching plot points but was essentially self-contained, anyone who tries to plumb the complexities of The Wire by tuning in at mid-season is likely to be lost.

    The Angriest Man In Television

  • It felt—nearly twenty-five hundred years after Hippocrates had naively coined the overarching term karkinos—that modern oncology was hardly any more sophisticated in its taxonomy of cancer.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • Today, in response to the need for a comprehensive and integrated approach to unlock the full benefits of sustainable water management and sanitation for poverty reduction and economic growth in Africa, co-ordination is taking place between Governments and development institutions through a number of major policy instruments, namely the overarching framework of the NEPAD Water

    Address at the launch of the UNDP 2006 Human Development Report

  • The "overarching" goal of the strategy, Obama said in a Dec. 1, 2009, speech delivered at the U.S.

    Obama says U.S. is 'on track' to achieve goals in Afghanistan

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  • Thank you, bilby.

    May 7, 2014

  • I've never heard overARKing, long may that state of affairs continue.

    May 6, 2014

  • Okay. Is it overARKing or overARCHing? I keep hearing both.

    May 6, 2014