Definition of Overwrite

1. Verb. Write new data on top of existing data and thus erase the previously existing data. "Overwrite that file"

Category relationships: Computer Science, Computing
Generic synonyms: Save, Write



Definition of Overwrite

1. Verb. (computing) To destroy old data by recording new data over it. ¹

2. Verb. To cover in writing. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Overwrite

1. [v -WROTE, -WRITTEN, -WRITING, -WRITES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Overwrite

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overworking
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overworld
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overwound
overwrap
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overwrapping
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overwrested
overwrite (current term)
overwriter
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overwrought
overwroughtness
overyear
overyears
overyielding
overzeal
overzealous
overzealously

Literary usage of Overwrite

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1. A Guide to Understanding Data Remanence in Automated Information Systems by DIANE Publishing Company (1995)
"For example, a single overwrite of a file (or all system storage, ... [7] 4.6 overwrite SOFTWARE AND PURGING The DoD has approved overwriting and degaussing ..."

2. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1905)
"The actual contract is proved for the purpose of showing the authority to overwrite the signature. Were the payees authorized to thus overwrite the ..."

3. Base SAS(R) 9.1.3 Procedures Guide, Second Edition, Volumes 1-4 by Sas Institute (2006)
"Featured in: Example 1 on page 1055 overwrite enables the input data set to be ... Restriction: The overwrite option has no effect if you also specify the ..."

4. National Industrial Security Program: Operating Manualby DIANE Publishing Company by DIANE Publishing Company (1995)
"overwrite all addressable locations with a single character. d. ... Each overwrite must reside in memory for a period longer than the classified data ..."

5. Advisory Memorandum on Office Automation Security Guideline (1993)
"The user should beware: some programs that purport to overwrite all locations do not actually do this. Cleared media may be reused within the controlled ..."

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