Overall vs. General - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Overall

    An overall, also called overalls, bib-and-brace overalls, or dungarees, is a type of garment which is usually used as protective clothing when working. Some people call an overall a "pair of overalls" by analogy with "pair of trousers". Overalls were originally made of denim (cotton), but they can also be made of corduroy and khaki. Overalls were invented in the 1890s by Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis (Levi Strauss & Co.), but they went through an evolution to reach their modern form. Initially only used for protective clothing in work settings, they have become a garment of high fashion as "potential cult items"

Wiktionary

  • Overall (adjective)

    All-encompassing, all around.

  • Overall (adverb)

    Generally; with everything considered.

  • Overall (noun)

    A garment worn over other clothing to protect it; a coverall or boiler suit. A garment, for manual labor or for casual wear, often made of a single piece of fabric, with long legs and a bib upper, supported from the shoulders with straps, and having several large pockets and loops for carrying tools.

  • Overall (noun)

    A garment, worn for manual labor, with an integral covering extending to the chest, supported by straps.

  • General (adjective)

    Including or involving every part or member of a given or implied entity, whole etc.; as opposed to specific or particular. from 13th c.

  • General (adjective)

    Applied to a person (as a postmodifier or a normal preceding adjective) to indicate supreme rank, in civil or military titles, and later in other terms; pre-eminent. from 14th c.

  • General (adjective)

    Prevalent or widespread among a given class or area; common, usual. from 14th c.

  • General (adjective)

    Not limited in use or application; applicable to the whole or every member of a class or category. from 14th c.

  • General (adjective)

    Giving or consisting of only the most important aspects of something, ignoring minor details; indefinite. from 16th c.

  • General (adjective)

    Not limited to a specific class; miscellaneous, concerned with all branches of a given subject or area. from 16th c.

  • General (noun)

    A general fact or proposition; a generality. from 16th c.

    "We have dealt with the generals; now let us turn to the particulars."

  • General (noun)

    The holder of a senior military title, originally designating the commander of an army and now a specific rank falling under field marshal (in the British army) and below general of the army or general of the air force in the US army and air forces. from 16th c.

  • General (noun)

    A great strategist or tactician. from 16th c.

    "Hannibal was one of the greatest generals of the ancient world."

  • General (noun)

    The head of certain religious orders, especially Dominicans or Jesuits. from 16th c.

  • General (noun)

    A commander of naval forces; an admiral. 16th-18th c.

  • General (noun)

    A general servant; a maid with no specific duties. from 19th c.

  • General (noun)

    A general anesthetic; general anesthesia.

  • General (noun)

    The general insurance industry.

    "I work in general."

Oxford Dictionary

  • Overall (adjective)

    taking everything into account

    "the governors and head have overall responsibility for managing the school"

    "the overall effect is impressive"

  • Overall (adverb)

    taken as a whole; in all

    "overall, 10,000 jobs will go"

  • Overall (noun)

    a loose-fitting coat or one-piece garment worn over ordinary clothes for protection against dirt or heavy wear

    "a pair of overalls"

    "men in grubby blue overalls"

  • Overall (noun)

    close-fitting trousers formerly worn as part of an army uniform, now only on ceremonial or formal occasions.

  • Overall (noun)

    dungarees.

  • General (adjective)

    affecting or concerning all or most people or things; widespread

    "books of general interest"

    "the general opinion was that prices would fall"

  • General (adjective)

    not specialized or limited in range of subject, application, activity, etc.

    "brush up on your general knowledge"

  • General (adjective)

    (of a rule, principle, etc.) true for all or most cases.

  • General (adjective)

    normal or usual

    "it is not general practice to confirm or deny such reports"

  • General (adjective)

    considering or including only the main features or elements of something; not exact or detailed

    "the arrangements were outlined in very general terms"

    "a general introduction to the subject"

  • General (adjective)

    chief or principal

    "the general manager"

    "the Director General of the BBC"

  • General (noun)

    a commander of an army, or an army officer of very high rank.

  • General (noun)

    a high rank of officer in the army and in the US air force, above lieutenant general and below field marshal, general of the army, or general of the air force.

  • General (noun)

    short for lieutenant general or major general

  • General (noun)

    the head of a religious order organized on quasi-military lines, e.g. the Jesuits, the Dominicans, or the Salvation Army.

  • General (noun)

    the general public.

Webster Dictionary

  • Overall (adverb)

    Everywhere.

  • General (adjective)

    Relating to a genus or kind; pertaining to a whole class or order; as, a general law of animal or vegetable economy.

  • General (adjective)

    Comprehending many species or individuals; not special or particular; including all particulars; as, a general inference or conclusion.

  • General (adjective)

    Not restrained or limited to a precise import; not specific; vague; indefinite; lax in signification; as, a loose and general expression.

  • General (adjective)

    Common to many, or the greatest number; widely spread; prevalent; extensive, though not universal; as, a general opinion; a general custom.

  • General (adjective)

    Having a relation to all; common to the whole; as, Adam, our general sire.

  • General (adjective)

    As a whole; in gross; for the most part.

  • General (adjective)

    Usual; common, on most occasions; as, his general habit or method.

  • General (noun)

    The whole; the total; that which comprehends or relates to all, or the chief part; - opposed to particular.

  • General (noun)

    One of the chief military officers of a government or country; the commander of an army, of a body of men not less than a brigade. In European armies, the highest military rank next below field marshal.

  • General (noun)

    The roll of the drum which calls the troops together; as, to beat the general.

  • General (noun)

    The chief of an order of monks, or of all the houses or congregations under the same rule.

  • General (noun)

    The public; the people; the vulgar.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Overall (noun)

    work clothing consisting of denim trousers (usually with a bib and shoulder straps)

  • Overall (noun)

    a loose protective coverall or smock worn over ordinary clothing for dirty work

  • Overall (adjective)

    involving only main features;

    "the overall pattern of his life"

  • Overall (adjective)

    including everything;

    "the overall cost"

    "the total amount owed"

  • General (noun)

    a general officer of the highest rank

  • General (noun)

    the head of a religious order or congregation

  • General (noun)

    a fact about the whole (as opposed to particular);

    "he discussed the general but neglected the particular"

    "he always reasons from the particular to the general"

  • General (verb)

    command as a general;

    "We are generaled by an incompetent!"

  • General (adjective)

    applying to all or most members of a category or group;

    "the general public"

    "general assistance"

    "a general rule"

    "in general terms"

    "comprehensible to the general reader"

  • General (adjective)

    not specialized or limited to one class of things;

    "general studies"

    "general knowledge"

  • General (adjective)

    of national scope;

    "a general election"

  • General (adjective)

    prevailing among and common to the general public;

    "the general discontent"

  • General (adjective)

    affecting the entire body;

    "a general anesthetic"

    "general symptoms"

  • General (adjective)

    somewhat indefinite;

    "bearing a general resemblance to the original"

    "a general description of the merchandise"

  • General (adjective)

    of worldwide scope or applicability;

    "an issue of cosmopolitan import"

    "the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time"

    "universal experience"

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