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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v overstep pass beyond (limits or boundaries)
    • v overstep be superior or better than some standard "She exceeded our expectations","She topped her performance of last year"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Overstep To step over or beyond; to transgress; as, to overstep the bounds of propriety.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overstep To step over or beyond; exceed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Overstep ō-vėr-step′ to step beyond: to exceed.
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Suit the action to the world, the world to the action, with this special observance, that you overstep not the modesty of nature.”
  • Seneca
    “Whatever has overstepped its due bounds is always in a state of instability.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. ofersteppan,


In literature:

A grave may open at our feet anywhere at any time, and only love oversteps it.
"The Eye of Dread" by Payne Erskine
But there are limits beyond which even jelly becomes vicious, and these limits Herr Klutz continually overstepped.
"The Benefactress" by Elizabeth Beauchamp
If a man oversteps the line, his female relatives inflict a fine, which is paid to the wife.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
Even though they have law and public opinion with them, in their zeal for propaganda they have overstepped the rules of progress.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
And so he got bolder and bolder and finally overstepped the line.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
This, he told himself, he could enjoy without overstepping the conventions.
"Captain Pott's Minister" by Francis L. Cooper
He in his turn was at a loss to get something worded so as not to overstep his familiarity-licence.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Miss Fraenkel, however, overstepped the bounds of prudence when she implied something wrong.
"Aliens" by William McFee
Nobody had overstepped the verge.
"The Immortal Moment" by May Sinclair
There is certainly an ample field for such action without overstepping these boundaries.
"Concerning Justice" by Lucilius A. Emery
If I get into evil odour, if I overstep the line, I shall be sent packing.
"Eyes Like the Sea" by Mór Jókai
In some, the limits, which tacitly it had been agreed upon not to pass, had been overstepped.
"Ku Klux Klan" by J. C. Lester
They are well and heartily written, and they do not overstep the bounds of literary decorum.
"The Galaxy, June 1877" by Various
I have already overstepped the utmost limits of my power.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 1" by Felix Dahn
At seventy, I could follow my heart's desires, without overstepping the lines of rectitude.
"The Wisdom of Confucius" by Epiphanius Wilson
That in a period of unbridled passions, the reaction against the common lawlessness should overstep moderation is natural.
"Pictures of German Life in the XVIIIth and XIXth Centuries, Vol. I." by Gustav Freytag
This French proverb smacks of the sermon, it oversteps the mark.
"Friend Mac Donald" by Max O'Rell
They had overstepped, individually and collectively, all the bounds of personal fear of death or injury.
"The Iron Division, National Guard of Pennsylvania, in the World War" by H. G. Proctor
He realized he had overstepped himself.
"Lightnin'" by Frank Bacon
As it is, the guard is almost overstepping the limits of my endurance.
"Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist" by Alexander Berkman

In poetry:

In her the friend was friend indeed;
A larger sense of sympathy,
That overstepped the pales of creed,
Drew her to all in charity.
"Dead Flowers" by Alexander Anderson
"Keep to your halls," the rough winds say,
"Nor overstep your starry pale,
Ye could not for one moment play
With the wild engine on the rail;
"The Gods And The Winds" by Alexander Anderson
I stood like one who dreams, nor cares
To mingle with the life around,
But lives within the realms he shares,
And will not overstep their bound.
"A Day Dream On The Rail" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

President Obama regularly oversteps his bounds of office.
Some therapists think parents who "befriend" their kids on the popular social networking site may be overstepping their boundaries.
In the case of Woolworth 's, according to ASC, the $3.4-million corporate campaign did not overstep this line.
Did Costas overstep his bounds with gun comments.
City, police overstep bounds .
The lawsuit contends that the Labor Department overstepped its jurisdiction with some of the requirements it implemented for immigrant workers.
Channeling Cheney, the president oversteps on national security.
Now, it's not unusual for some of his clients to overstep their bounds and demand his attention on his off time.
But other shenanigans, he said, could overstep the boundaries of baseball's accepted manners.
But often times fandom oversteps the boundaries of sanity.
Yes, some parents overstep reasonable bounds.
John Baird accuses federal budget watchdog of overstepping mandate .
Suit says trio overstepped boundaries of 43-year old agreement.
In the suit Beck claims Stiers has repeatedly overstepped his authority as mayor.
Governor overstepped on tuition breaks for illegals.

In science:

The analysis of 2D calculations has shown that during this process the accretion rate growth is enough for system to overstep the limits of steady burning, therefore, leading to the development of an outburst.
3D Gasdynamic Modelling of the Changes in the Flow Structure During Transition From Quiescent to Active State in Symbiotic Stars
As it has been mentioned above, the steady burning range is rather narrow and if the accretor’s mass equals 0.6M⊙ the increase of the accretion rate by 2.2 times is unambiguously enough for overstepping the upper limit of this range.
3D Gasdynamic Modelling of the Changes in the Flow Structure During Transition From Quiescent to Active State in Symbiotic Stars
They can achieve the docking stations by ”growing legs” and overstepping the barrier.
Collective Energy Foraging of Robot Swarms and Robot Organisms
We explain that the overstepping of Tsirelson’s bound is due to violation of fair sampling, and can in general be reproduced by a separable state, if fair sampling is violated.
On Bell inequality violations with high-dimensional systems
But the higher-multiplicity matrix elements in general contain subleading singularity structures, beyond those accounted for by the shower, and hence the delicate line of detailed balance that ensures unitarity has most assuredly been overstepped.
Introduction to QCD
Our analysis shows that for ΠM 6= Π′ M the unit value on the right-hand side may be overstepped.
How quantum correlations enhance prediction of complementary measurements
The convergence strategy is now clearly to keep the damping parameter as small as possible, in order to avoid the slow convergence properties of the steepest descent method, but large enough not to overstep the minimum so far as to increase the merit function.
Spatially coupled inversion of spectro-polarimetric image data I: Method and first results