What does the word overbear mean?

Usage examples for overbear

  1. And something there was about the moonlight on that fair Virginian night, and the heaviness of the honey- scents, and the pressure of love and life on every side, in bush and vine and tree and nest, which seemed to overbear me and sweep me along as on the crest of some green tide of spring. – The Heart's Highway A Romance of Virginia in the Seventeeth Century by Mary E. Wilkins
  2. Whoever has recognised Nature's unreason in our time, will have to consider some means to help her; his task will be to bring the free spirits and the sufferers from this age to know Schopenhauer; and make them tributaries to the flood that is to overbear all the clumsy uses to which Nature even now is accustomed to put her philosophers. – Thoughts Out of Season (Part II) by Friedrich Nietzsche