Professional wrestling terminology.

To be 'over' as a wrestler is for your character to be legitimately loved or hated by the fans.

An over babyface will get a huge face pop when he enters the arena, will have the fans cheering him throughout his matches, and will shift tons of merchandise. The most over babyfaces in the history of wrestling include Stone Cold Steve Austin, Andre the Giant, Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan, Goldberg, Rob Van Dam and The Rock.

An over heel will get huge heel heat when he enters the arena, will have fans booing him and chanting derogatory things towards him throughout his matches and interviews, and will STILL shift tons of merchandise. The most over heels in the history of wrestling include Bret Hart (during his anti-US period), Sergeant Slaughter (during his anti-US period), Andre The Giant (during his anti-Hulk Hogan period), Ric Flair (on and off the entire time), Hollywood Hogan (during the nWo days) and current Top Heel Triple H.

A babyface who is not over is easy to spot - he elicits no crowd reaction. However, there are several heels active in the WWF today who get booed vociferously but aren't in the least bit over. X-Pac and Billy Gunn are the two most-noted exponents of this. The phenomenon is known as 'Get Out Of The Arena' Heat.

In a game of cricket, a set of six consecutive deliveries (plus any wides and no-balls) bowled by one bowler from one end of the pitch to whichever of the two batsmen is at the other ("striker's") end; the standard unit of measurement of how long a team's innings is. (In the pre-war era eight ball overs were once a common alternative, particularly in Australia, but no idea where Webster got four from, even in 1913). The umpire standing at the bowler's end is responsible for keeping count of deliveries (and his count stands even if he makes a mistake; 5 and 7 ball overs happen from time to time even at the highest levels of the game); at the end of the over he calls "Over", and a new over is commenced by a different bowler from the other end of the pitch, with the umpire who was previously standing at square leg taking the position at the new bowler's end.

The standard pattern of play is for each bowler to bowl a spell of several alternating overs (say 3 to 12 - usually fewer for faster bowlers) from one end of the ground, and statistics and scorekeeping systems reflect this.

In a bizarre aberration from common sense, it is standard practice to refer to part-completed overs using a notation indistinguishable from a decimal point, whereby the part after the point is the number of balls in the incomplete over: "10.3 overs", often also enunciated as "ten point three overs" means ten overs and three (legal) deliveries of the eleventh.

"One-day" or limited overs cricket matches involve a fixed number of overs to be bowled by each team (if they don't bowl their opponents out beforehand); the norm for international matches is 50 overs per side. The more traditional forms of cricket (including test and first class matches) are limited by time rather than number of overs, but minimum numbers of overs per day, session or hour may be enforced by the addition of playing time and/or the levying of fines on teams. An over usually takes between 3 and 6 minutes to play, depending largely on how long the bowler's run-up is.

O"ver (?), prep. [AS. ofer; akin to D. over, G. uber, OHG. ubir, ubar, Dan. over, Sw. ofver, Icel. yfir, Goth. ufar, L. super, Gr. , Skr. upari. 199. Cf. Above, Eaves, Hyper-, Orlop, Super-, Sovereign, Up.]


Above, or higher than, in place or position, with the idea of covering; -- opposed to under; as, clouds are over our heads; the smoke rises over the city.

The mercy seat that is over the testimony. Ex. xxx. 6.

Over them gleamed far off the crimson banners of morning. Longfellow.


Across; from side to side of; -- implying a passing or moving, either above the substance or thing, or on the surface of it; as, a dog leaps over a stream or a table.

Certain lakes . . . poison birds which fly over them. Bacon.


Upon the surface of, or the whole surface of; hither and thither upon; throughout the whole extent of; as, to wander over the earth; to walk over a field, or over a city.


Above; -- implying superiority in excellence, dignity, condition, or value; as, the advantages which the Christian world has over the heathen.



Above in authority or station; -- implying government, direction, care, attention, guard, responsibility, etc.; -- opposed to under.

Thou shalt be over my house. Gen. xli. 40.

I will make thee rules over many things. Matt. xxv. 23.

Dost thou not watch over my sin ? Job xiv. 16.

His tender mercies are over all his works. Ps. cxlv. 9.


Across or during the time of; from beginning to end of; as, to keep anything over night; to keep corn over winter.


Above the perpendicular height or length of, with an idea of measurement; as, the water, or the depth of water, was over his head, over his shoes.


Beyond; in excess of; in addition to; more than; as, it cost over five dollars.

"Over all this."



Above, implying superiority after a contest; in spite of; notwithstanding; as, he triumphed over difficulties; the bill was passed over the veto.

Over, in poetry, is often contracted into o'er.

Over his signature (or name) is a substitute for the idiomatic English form, under his signature (name, hand and seal, etc.), the reference in the latter form being to the authority under which the writing is made, executed, or published, and not the place of the autograph, etc.

Over all Her., placed over or upon other bearings, and therefore hinding them in part; -- said of a charge. -- Over head and ears, beyond one's depth; completely; wholly; hopelessly; as, over head and ears in debt. <-- = head over heels -->[Colloq.] -- Over the left. See under Left. -- To run over Mach., to have rotation in such direction that the crank pin traverses the upper, or front, half of its path in the forward, or outward, stroke; -- said of a crank which drives, or is driven by, a reciprocating piece.


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O"ver (?), adv.


From one side to another; from side to side; across; crosswise; as, a board, or a tree, a foot over, i. e., a foot in diameter.


From one person or place to another regarded as on the opposite side of a space or barrier; -- used with verbs of motion; as, to sail over to England; to hand over the money; to go over to the enemy.

"We will pass over to Gibeah." Judges xix. 12.

Also, with verbs of being: At, or on, the opposite side; as, the boat is over



From beginning to end; throughout the course, extent, or expanse of anything; as, to look over accounts, or a stock of goods; a dress covered over with jewels.


From inside to outside, above or across the brim.

Good measure, pressed down . . . and running over. Luke vi. 38.


Beyond a limit; hence, in excessive degree or quantity; superfluously; with repetition; as, to do the whole work over.

"So over violent."


He that gathered much had nothing over. Ex. xvi. 18.


In a manner to bring the under side to or towards the top; as, to turn (one's self) over; to roll a stone over; to turn over the leaves; to tip over a cart.


At an end; beyond the limit of continuance; completed; finished.

"Their distress was over." Macaulay. "The feast was over." Sir W. Scott.

Over, out, off, and similar adverbs, are often used in the predicate with the sense and force of adjectives, agreeing in this respect with the adverbs of place, here, there, everywhere, nowhere; as, the games were over; the play is over; the master was out; his hat is off.

Over is much used in composition, with the same significations that it has as a separate word; as in overcast, overflow, to cast or flow so as to spread over or cover; overhang, to hang above; overturn, to turn so as to bring the underside towards the top; overact, overreach, to act or reach beyond, implying excess or superiority.

All over. (a) Over the whole; upon all parts; completely; as, he is spatterd with mud all over. (b) Wholly over; at an end; as, it is all over with him. -- Over again, once more; with repetition; afresh; anew. Dryden. -- Over against, opposite; in front. Addison. -- Over and above, in a manner, or degree, beyond what is supposed, defined, or usual; besides; in addition; as, not over and above well. "He . . . gained, over and above, the good will of all people." L' Estrange. -- Over and over, repeatedly; again and again. -- To boil over. See under Boil, v. i. -- To come it over, To do over, To give over, etc. See under Come, Do, Give, etc. -- To throw over, to abandon; to betray. Cf. To throw overboard, under Overboard.


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O"ver, a.

Upper; covering; higher; superior; also, excessive; too much or too great; -- chiefly used in composition; as, overshoes, overcoat, over-garment, overlord, overwork, overhaste.


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O"ver, n. Cricket

A certain number of balls (usually four) delivered successively from behind ine wicket, after which the ball is bowled from behing the other wicket as many times, the fielders changing places.


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