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A fusion overburn was a procedure, considered quite dangerous, whereby an impulse engine's power output was pushed past the normal maximum safety level in an attempt to generate a great amount of thrust.
In 2153, Sim, a clone of Commander Tucker, came up with the idea of using a fusion overburn on two shuttlepods, connected to Enterprise NX-01 via grappler cables, to tow Enterprise out of a polaric field in which it had become trapped. Although the idea was met with a certain amount of skepticism, the plan eventually worked, and Enterprise escaped. (ENT: "Similitude")