over·fill | \ˌō-vər-ˈfil \
overfilled; overfilling; overfills

Definition of overfill 

intransitive verb

: to become full to overflowing

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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

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Robert Mongeluzzi, an attorney for one plaintiff, said that the July 1, 2014, explosion was caused by a ruptured propane tank, which was attached to the truck and was overfilled. Julie Shaw, Philly.com, "U-Haul to pay $160M in Feltonville food-truck blast that killed 2," 27 June 2018 Add the asparagus to the boiling water (do separate batches, don’t overfill the pot) and boil for about one minute, then remove and immediately put in the ice water. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "He never gets tired of the Hot Brown, but chef at The Brown Hotel is always looking ahead," 20 Mar. 2018 To blister the tomatoes: heat a pan on high heat and add a drizzle of olive oil, the tomatoes (do not overfill the pan) and a pinch of salt and pepper. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "He never gets tired of the Hot Brown, but chef at The Brown Hotel is always looking ahead," 20 Mar. 2018 Since a pair of hurricanes devastated the island, landfills have begun to overfill. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Democratic committees divided over playing in primaries, with Texas as ground zero," 5 Mar. 2018 In most cases, overfilling your car’s tires by 10 percent over the manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure is safe (whereas underinflating them is not safe). Ray Magliozzi, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Wheel swap not a boost for hybrid mileage," 16 Feb. 2018 Unlike Alaska, which is overcrowded with cruise ships during the peak summer season, the geography of the Great Lakes region - with its narrow canals and lock systems - will keep the waters from overfilling. Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "Cleveland is a top port for new Victory Cruise Lines' Great Lakes sailings (photos)," 17 Jan. 2018 The island has suffered environmental damage and neglect for decades, from drinking water contamination to pollution from overfilling landfills. Emily Atkin, New Republic, "Puerto Rico Gets Coal, Diesel, and Debris for Christmas," 21 Dec. 2017 As more people get cosmetic injectable fillers to halt the signs of aging, there are inevitably some who end up looking overfilled. Jennifer Goldstein, Marie Claire, "Are Face Plumpers the Secret to Staying Young?," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of overfill

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of overfill was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of overfill

: to fill a container with too much of something

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