Over vs Thru - What's the difference?

over | thru |

As prepositions the difference between over and thru

is that over is over while thru is .

As an adverb over

is , above.



(wikipedia over)


(en adjective)
  • Finished; ended or concluded.
  • The show is over .

    Derived terms



  • Thoroughly; completely; from beginning to end.
  • * 1661 , , The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond
  • During the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant
  • From an upright position to being horizontal.
  • Horizontally; left to right or right to left.
  • From one position or state to another.
  • Overnight (throughout the night).
  • Again; another time; once more; over again.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (cricket) A set of six legal balls bowled.
  • Any surplus amount of money, goods delivered, etc.
  • * 2008 , G. Puttick, Sandy van Esch, The Principles and Practice of Auditing (page 609)
  • ...standard cash count forms used to record the count and any overs or unders.


    (English prepositions)
  • Physical positioning.
  • # On top of; above; higher than; further up.
  • #* (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) (1807-1882)
  • Over them gleamed far off the crimson banners of morning.
  • #* {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=September-October, author=(Henry Petroski)
  • , magazine=(American Scientist), title= The Evolution of Eyeglasses , passage=The ability of a segment of a glass sphere to magnify whatever is placed before it was known around the year 1000, when the spherical segment was called a reading stone,
  • # Across or spanning.
  • #* (Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
  • Certain lakespoison birds which fly over them.
  • #* , chapter=3
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=My hopes wa'n't disappointed. I never saw clams thicker than they was along them inshore flats. I filled my dreener in no time, and then it come to me that 'twouldn't be a bad idee to get a lot more, take 'em with me to Wellmouth, and peddle 'em out. Clams was fairly scarce over that side of the bay and ought to fetch a fair price.}}
  • #* {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-29, volume=407, issue=8842, page=72-3, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= A punch in the gut , passage=Mostly, the microbiome is beneficial. It helps with digestion and enables people to extract a lot more calories from their food than would otherwise be possible. Research over the past few years, however, has implicated it in diseases from atherosclerosis to asthma to autism.}}
  • # In such a way as to cover.
  • # From one physical position to another via an obstacle that must be traversed vertically, first upwards and then downwards.
  • By comparison.
  • # More than; to a greater degree.
  • # Beyond; past; exceeding; too much or too far.
  • # (label) As compared to.
  • (label) Divided by.
  • Finished with; done with; from one state to another via a hindrance that must be solved or defeated; or via a third state that represents a significant difference from the first two.
  • While]] using, (especially) while [[consume, consuming.
  • * 1990 , (Seymour Chatman), Coming to Terms , , ISBN 0801497361, page 100[http://books.google.com/books?id=loD1JXOtmTYC&pg=PA100&dq=relax]:
  • Six diners in business clothes—five attractive young women and a balding middle-aged man—relax over cigarettes.
  • * 1998 , Marian Swerdlow, Underground Woman , , ISBN 1566396107, page 88 [http://books.google.com/books?id=jIK3DGkOwYkC&pg=PA88&dq=croissants]:
  • Sunday had been my favorite day at Woodlawn. A long W.A.A. [="work as assigned" period], having coffee and croissants with Mark over the Sunday Times .
  • * 2009 , Sara Pennypacker, The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery , , ISBN 9780545207867, page 79:
  • Over meatloaf and mashed potatoes (being careful not to talk with his mouth full), Stanley told about his adventure.
  • Concerning or regarding.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Can China clean up fast enough? , passage=It has jailed environmental activists and is planning to limit the power of judicial oversight by handing a state-approved body a monopoly over bringing environmental lawsuits.}}
  • Above, implying superiority after a contest; in spite of; notwithstanding.
  • Usage notes

    When used in the context of "from one location to another", over'' implies that the two places are at approximately the same height or the height difference is not relevant. For example, if two offices are on the same floor of a building, an office worker might say ''I'll bring that over''' for you'', while if the offices were on different floors, the sentence would likely be ''I'll bring that up [down] for you.'' However, distances are not constrained, e.g. ''He came '''over''' from England last year and now lives in Los Angeles'' or ''I moved the stapler '''over to the other side of my desk.


    (en interjection)
  • In radio communications: end of sentence, ready to receive reply.
  • How do you receive? Over !


    * Andrea Tyler and Vyvyan Evans, "The semantic network for over''", in ''The Semantics of English Prepositions: Spatial Scenes, Embodied Meaning and Cognition , Cambridge University Press, 2003, 0-521-81430 8






    (English prepositions)
  • * {{quote-magazine
  • , date= , year=1996 , month=December , first=Joe , last=Hastreiter , author= , coauthors= , title=Sludge Management Savings Found Among Reeds , volume=143 , issue=12 , page=23 , magazine=Water Engineering & Management , publisher=Scranton Gillette Communications , issn= , url= , passage=We wanted an overall treatment system that gave us optimum reliability and required a minimum of labor to operate - from primary clarifier thru sludge handling, …}}
  • * {{quote-magazine
  • , date=Fall , year=2003 , month= , first=Hasson , last=Kevin J. , author= , coauthors= , title=Religious Liberty and Human Dignity: A Tale of Two Declarations , volume=27 , issue=1 , page=81-92 , magazine=Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy , publisher=Harvard , issn= , url= , passage=… to respect human rights, then failing to explicitly define thru common understanding.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine
  • , date=Winter , year=2004 , month=December 22, , first= , last= , author= , coauthors=Fredericks, Marcel / Odiet, Jeff A. / Miller, Steven I. / Fredericks, Janet , title=Toward an Understanding of "Genetic Sociology" and Its Relationships to Medical Sociology and Medical Genetics in the Educational Enterprise. , volume=125 , issue=2 , page=222-235 , magazine=Education , publisher=Project Innovation, Inc. , issn=0013-1172 , url= , passage=As the technology improves, there is a possibility to reprogram adult stem cells for therapeutic cloning without "passing it thru " the preimplantation embryo, thus negating current ethical challenges to such research.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine
  • , date=Winter , year=2006 , month=December, , first=Roxanne , last=Mills , author= , coauthors= , title=Leadership in Higher Education and the Second Half of Life , volume=127 , issue=2 , page=294-302 , magazine=Education , publisher=Project Innovation, Inc. , issn=0013-1172 , url= , passage=Going thru a great crisis of self-analysis, especially in relation to job, school, work, students. }}
  • * {{quote-magazine
  • , date=Winter , year=2010 , month=January, , first=David , last=Martinez , author= , coauthors= , title=Pulling Down the Clouds: The O'odham Intellectual Tradition during the "Time of Famine" , volume=34 , issue=1 , page=1-32 , magazine=American Indian Quarterly , publisher=University of Nebraska Press , issn=0095-182X , url= , passage=Myths and Legends of the Pimas of Arizona as received by J. William Lloyd from Comalk-Hawk-Kih (Thin Buckskin) thru the interpretation of Edward Hubert Wood. }}
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=2011 , year_published= , edition= , editor= , author=Fancine N. D'Aprile , title=From Hell on Earth to the Foot of the Cross , chapter= citation , genre= , publisher=Trafford Publishing , isbn=9781426966132 , page=157 , passage=If you see thru' my eyes, you'd wish you weren't here, because all you will feel sadness and fear. It loneliness and sorrow if you see '''thru''' my eyes sit and talk to before you say goodbye. See ' thru my eyes and a tear you will see, I wish you could cry and cry with me. }}
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  • (UK, rare, regional, or, dialectal)
  • Usage notes

    * Thru'' is mostly used where the preposition ''through'' could be used (e.g. ''Monday thru''' Friday''); it is less common as an adjective or adverb (''I'm '''thru with the vacuuming ). It is less used in formal situations, except in cases where brevity is wanted such as roadway signs or date ranges. * This spelling is not used in standard British English, though it can be found as an abbreviation – similar to thro' – and is recently becoming noticeable due to use by American-based companies. It may also be used as an eye dialect spelling in some regions. ** Through'' is rarely used in any spelling to indicate ranges in British English; '' are used instead. * Thru'' is often used, in both American and British English, in professional drafting (''5/8? thru hole ) to save space and simplify annotation on a drawing for fabrication or construction.