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 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, "The 8 Best Binocular Chest Packs, Tested," 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, "Looking to a buy a car? A national shortage means you’ll probably pay more," 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, "New flaw neuters Secure Boot, but there’s no reason to panic. Here’s why," 29 July 2020 Just be sure not to overfill it, as that can cause a messy experience, according to reviewers. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Thursday," 18 June 2020 The meat will overfill the zucchini by about half an inch. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Beef-stuffed Zucchini in Herbed Tomato Sauce," 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, "How to Substitute Flours," 16 Apr. 2020 Inside Elmhurst, doctors have described overfilled waiting rooms, patients waiting six hours to be seen, others packed closely together on stretchers waiting 50 to 60 hours for a bed and doctors desperately trying to get more ventilators. NBC News, "'So many patients dying': Doctors say NYC public hospitals reeling from coronavirus cases," 30 Mar. 2020 How can one individual be overfilling his own cart, while shaming others who are doing the same? Stephanie Preston, The Conversation, "Your brain evolved to hoard supplies and shame others for doing the same," 27 Mar. 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 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of overfill

: to fill a container with too much of something

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