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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)

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.

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."