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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 O·ver·whelm v. t. [imp. & p. p. Overwhelmed p. pr. & vb. n. Overwhelming.]
 1. To cover over completely, as by a great wave; to overflow and bury beneath; to ingulf; hence, figuratively, to immerse and bear down; to overpower; to crush; to bury; to oppress, etc., overpoweringly.
    The sea overwhelmed their enemies.   --Ps. lxxviii. 53.
    Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.   --Ps. lv. 5.
 Foul deeds will rise,
 Though all the earth o'erwhelm them.   --Shak.
 Gaza yet stands; but all her sons are fallen,
 All in a moment overwhelmed and fallen.   --Milton.
 2. To project or impend over threateningly.
    His louering brows o'erwhelming his fair sight.   --Shak.
 3. To cause to surround, to cover.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 overwhelmed
      adj : rendered powerless especially by an excessive amount or
            profusion of something; "a desk flooded with
            applications"; "felt inundated with work"; "too much
            overcome to notice"; "a man engulfed by fear"; "swamped
            by work" [syn: flooded, inundated, overcome, overpowered,
             swamped, engulfed]