Definition of overtravel in US English:

overtravel

noun

  • The movement of part of a machine beyond a desired point; an allowance made for such movement.

verb

  • 1with object (refl.) and without object. To travel too much, or beyond one's power of endurance. rare.

  • 2no object Of part of a machine: to travel further than necessary to complete a function; to travel too far, or beyond a desired point.

Origin

Mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). In sense 1 from over- + travel; compare overtravel<br>late 16th century (in an earlier sense). From over- + travel.

Pronunciation

overtravel

/ˌəʊvəˈtravl/