Definition of Overhaul

1. Noun. Periodic maintenance on a car or machine. "It was time for an overhaul on the tractor"

Exact synonyms: Inspection And Repair, Service
Generic synonyms: Care, Maintenance, Upkeep
Specialized synonyms: Interim Overhaul
Derivative terms: Service

2. Verb. Travel past. "These cars won't overhaul "; "The sports car passed all the trucks"
Exact synonyms: Overtake, Pass
Generic synonyms: Advance, Go On, March On, Move On, Pass On, Progress
Specialized synonyms: Get By, Clear, Top
Derivative terms: Overtaking, Passage, Passing, Passing

3. Noun. The act of improving by renewing and restoring. "A major overhal of the healthcare system was proposed"
Exact synonyms: Redevelopment, Renovation
Generic synonyms: Improvement
Specialized synonyms: Face Lift, Face Lifting, Facelift
Derivative terms: Redevelop, Redevelop, Renovate, Renovate

4. Verb. Make repairs, renovations, revisions or adjustments to. "Overhaul the health care system"
Exact synonyms: Modernise, Modernize
Entails: Bushel, Doctor, Fix, Furbish Up, Mend, Repair, Restore, Touch On
Specialized synonyms: Retrofit
Generic synonyms: Regenerate, Renew

Definition of Overhaul

1. v. t. To haul or drag over; hence, to turn over for examination; to inspect; to examine thoroughly with a view to corrections or repairs.

2. n. A strict examination with a view to correction or repairs.

Definition of Overhaul

1. Noun. A major repair, remake, renovation, or revision. ¹

2. Verb. To modernize, repair, renovate, or revise completely. ¹

3. Verb. To pass, overtake, or travel past. ¹

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Definition of Overhaul

1. to examine carefully for needed repairs [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Overhaul

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Literary usage of Overhaul

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings by American Society of Civil Engineers (1907)
"The overhaul is like the unclassified price—legally enforceable only upon a ... With no overhaul specified, there is no base agreed upon for change. ..."

2. Handbook for Highway Engineers: Containing Information Ordinarily Used in by Wilson Gardner Harger, Edmund Arnold Bonney (1919)
"If dirt must be hauled more than a stated distance (free haul) to place it in fill, the additional distance is called overhaul and is paid for at an agreed ..."

3. Railroad Curves and Earthwork by Calvin Frank Allen (1920)
"The overhaul on material thus hauled shall be determined by multiplying the ... This statement as to the method of figuring overhaul is explained very ..."

4. Earthwork and Its Cost by Halbert Powers Gillette, Edward Ernest Russell Tratman (1912)
"APPENDIX B overhaul CALCULATION In railroad excavation it has been the custom to ... Due to the work involved in figuring this overhaul, and due to trouble ..."

5. Field engineering: A Handbook of the Theory and Practice of Railway by William Henry Searles, Howard Chapin Ives (1919)
"Payment of overhaul. The following are the recommendations of the American Railway Engineering ... for all cases where an allowance for overhaul is made. ..."

6. American Highway Engineers' Handbook by Arthur Horace Blanchard (1919)
"overhaul and Mass Diagram overhaul. In many specifications is a clause stating the distance ... The distance in excess of the free haul is called overhaul. ..."

7. A Field Manual for Railroad Engineers by James C. Nagle (1917)
"overhaul is defined as the work done in moving material from excavation to embankment through ... The price paid for overhaul is seldom less than one cent, ..."

8. Textbook of Aerial Laws and Regulations for Aerial Navigation, International by Henry Woodhouse (1920)
"IV—Persons Competent to Undertake Periodical Inspection and overhaul and ... A candidate may apply to be licenced as a ground engineer to overhaul and ..."

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