over·​fill | \ ˌō-vər-ˈfil How to pronounce overfill (audio) \
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
Recent Examples on the Web However, some residents say homeowners are not sealing the garbage cans properly or overfilling them. Jerry Fallstrom, orlandosentinel.com, "Residents of The Springs upset FWC will trap bear that bit woman’s ankle," 11 Sep. 2019 The call-in is dominated by complaints about low wages, potholed roads, decrepit schools, overfilled hospitals and other social issues. Washington Post, "The Latest: Putin says Russia not seeking Soviet-style clout," 20 June 2019 To Gould, this was a clear indicator that Morton had doctored the data unintentionally, perhaps by overfilling the Caucasian skulls with pepper seed or under-filling the African skulls. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "There’s new evidence confirming bias of the “father of scientific racism”," 4 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of overfill

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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18 Sep 2019

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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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