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Definition of "overflow" []

  • To flow or run over the top, brim, or banks. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be filled beyond capacity, as a container or waterway. (verb-intransitive)
  • To have a boundless supply; be superabundant. See Synonyms at teem1. (verb-intransitive)
  • To flow over the top, brim, or banks of. (verb-transitive)
  • To spread or cover over; flood. (verb-transitive)
  • To flow or run over (a limit, brim, bank, etc) (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To fill or be filled beyond capacity so as to spill or run over (verb)
  • To be filled with happiness, tears, etc (verb)
  • To spread or cover over; flood or inundate (verb)
  • Overflowing matter, esp liquid (noun)
  • Any outlet that enables surplus liquid to be discharged or drained off, esp one just below the top of a tank or cistern (noun)
  • The amount by which a limit, capacity, etc, is exceeded (noun)
  • A condition that occurs when numeric operations produce results too large to store in the memory space assigned to it (noun)

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Use "overflow" in a sentence
  • "The term overflow is used here to describe near-bottom flow of cold, dense (σ 27.8)."
  • "The "overflow" is one thing, the emotion from which it originated another."
  • "Without a Herculean effort by 400 Davidson County inmates on Monday, Nashville's lone working water treatment plant most likely would have been overrun with muddy overflow from the Cumberland River."