Definition of overboard in English:



  • From a ship into the water.

    ‘the severe storm washed a man overboard’
    • ‘Three of these massive steel containers were lost overboard in the water of Man last November and only one has been recovered.’
    • ‘He was seen tossing deckchairs into the water to give people who had already jumped overboard something to cling to.’
    • ‘I fell overboard and emerged from the water some 300 yards further down the weir.’
    • ‘Waves broke constantly over the deck, washing whole groups of terrified passengers overboard.’
    • ‘She tossed the small plastic cards overboard and watched them sail into the water.’
    • ‘The crew of a sailing ship have escaped prosecution after a man fell overboard from their vessel and died.’
    • ‘Some think he fell overboard, but others are now saying they saw him leave the boat when it docked.’
    • ‘If she falls overboard, she has a transmitter fitted to her belt that can send a signal to release a liferaft from B&Q.’
    • ‘The kids all wore life-jackets and we soon stopped worrying about them tumbling overboard.’
    • ‘The yacht was suddenly engulfed by a huge wave while Mr Cammish was preparing the tow and he was washed overboard.’
    • ‘Aft of the galley is a head with an integral shower with sump to discharge shower water overboard.’
    • ‘Soon however, the whales realised the sailors had jumped overboard and were swimming to the safety of shore.’
    • ‘Most of the 25 crew jumped overboard when the blast happened, and only one was injured.’
    • ‘The boat's French skipper was still missing last night and is believed to have been washed overboard on Friday.’
    • ‘He is presumed to have fallen overboard and drowned, but his body has not been found.’
    • ‘But in the end the ship got stuck on the river bank and started spilling its cargo of timber overboard.’
    • ‘He was eventually washed overboard and made it first to a raft, then to a collapsible boat before rescue.’
    • ‘Peering overboard, I see twisting whirlpools and black, churning water.’
    • ‘Then the trap is shut and Mark waits as Gerry repositions the boat and gives him the signal to drop it overboard.’
    • ‘He plays a vital role travelling ahead of us to check our intended route is safely passable and helping anyone who falls overboard.’