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Definition of "overtop" []

  • To extend or rise over or beyond the top of; tower above. (verb-transitive)
  • To take precedence over; override: "Religion overtopped the common affairs of life” ( Albert C. Baugh). (verb-transitive)
  • To be greater or better than; surpass. (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 "overtop" in a sentence
  • "And I'm glad you clarified the term "overtop," because that piece that's showing there now, this, combined with anything that might be coming out of the water, like a barge -- and we just heard a report from WWL in New Orleans that there is a barge in the Industrial Canal, a couple miles long where mostly affecting, near the ninth ward."
  • "The water is very high in the canal, and some water is blowing over the top, so maybe it's semantic, but "overtop" sounds a little more dire and hysteria-inducing than necessary at the moment."
  • "Higher and higher, thinner and thinner, the crest grew as it began to curve and overtop preparatory to breaking, until with"