overload
  • A load which exceeds the optimum, operational, or rated load of a component, circuit, device, piece of equipment, machine, or system. Such a load may produce, for instance, distortion, excessive heating, malfunction, or failure. Also, to deliver a signal which leads to this condition.
  • In a communications network, a level of traffic which exceeds that which can be reliably handled. When such a condition occurs in a telephone network, for instance, calls may be blocked or delayed, the quality of connected calls may be diminished, and so on.

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