over·​fill | \ ˌō-vər-ˈfil How to pronounce overfill (audio) \
overfilled; overfilling; overfills

Definition of overfill

intransitive verb

: to become full to overflowing

Examples of overfill in a Sentence

He overfilled the pail and the water spilled out. overfilled the wheelbarrow with bricks until finally no one could push it
Recent Examples on the Web The tricks are to not overfill the leaves, to roll them tightly and to approach each one with utter confidence. Yasmin Khan, WSJ, 12 May 2021 But don't be tempted to overfill, as your pie may crack and filling may come spilling out during the baking process. Meredith Deeds Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 10 Mar. 2021 The system works quite well as long as the user doesn’t overfill the pack, either by packing a bino that’s too large or by stuffing too many items in the interior pockets. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, 4 Nov. 2020 Car sales plummeted in the spring, causing shipment lots to overfill and forcing cargo ships to hold new vehicles at sea for weeks. Fortune, 20 Sep. 2020 By adding long text strings in the file, attackers can overfill the memory space allotted for the file and cause malicious code to spill into other parts of memory, where it then is executed. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 29 July 2020 Just be sure not to overfill it, as that can cause a messy experience, according to reviewers. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, 18 June 2020 The meat will overfill the zucchini by about half an inch. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, 10 June 2020 If measuring by volume, carefully scooping the flour into the measuring cup, overfilling it, then leveling it off will yield a more accurate measure. Erin Jeanne Mcdowell, New York Times, 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of overfill

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Overfill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overfill. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of overfill

: to fill a container with too much of something

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