from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Time beyond an established limit, as.
  • noun Working hours in addition to those of a regular schedule.
  • noun Sports A period of playing time added after the expiration of the set time limit.
  • noun Payment for additional work done outside of regular working hours.
  • adverb Beyond the established time limit, especially that of the normal working day.
  • transitive verb To exceed the desired timing for.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In photography, to allow too much time in exposure or other treatment.
  • noun Time during which one works beyond the regular hours.
  • During extra time: as, to work overtime.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Time beyond, or in excess of, a limit; esp., extra working time.
  • noun (Sports) An extra period of time provided to play a game, beyond the end of the normal period allowed for the game, for the purpose of resolving a tie score.
  • noun an overtime{2} in which the first team to score wins the game; -- contrasted with normal overtime{2}, which is a fixed period of time during which either team may score as often as they can.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The working time outside of one's regular hours
  • noun sports, countable An extra period of play when a contest has a tie score at the end of regulation.
  • noun uncountable The rate of pay, usually higher, for work done outside of or in addition to regular hours.
  • adverb Exceeding regular working hours.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun playing time beyond regulation, to break a tie
  • noun work done in addition to regular working hours
  • adverb beyond the regular time


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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