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verb over·flow \ˌō-vər-ˈflō\

Definition of overflow

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cover with or as if with water :  inundate

  3. 2 :  to flow over the brim of

  4. 3 :  to cause to overflow

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to flow over bounds

  7. 2 :  to fill a space to capacity and spread beyond its limits the crowd overflowed into the street

Examples of overflow in a Sentence

  1. The river overflowed its banks.

  2. The creek overflows every spring.

  3. The water in the tub overflowed.

  4. Books and papers overflowed his desk.

  5. The paragraph overflowed the page.

Recent Examples of overflow from the Web

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First Known Use of overflow

before 12th century


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noun over·flow \ˈō-vər-ˌflō\

Definition of overflow

  1. 1 :  a flowing over :  inundation

  2. 2 :  something that flows over :  surplus

  3. 3 :  an outlet or receptacle for surplus liquid

Examples of overflow in a Sentence

  1. a great overflow of water from the heavy rains swept mud and silt down onto the highway

  2. an overflow of help actually made the job more complicated

Recent Examples of overflow from the Web

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First Known Use of overflow

1568


OVERFLOW Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of overflow for English Language Learners

  • : to flow over the edge or top of (something)

  • : to fill or cover (something) completely

  • : to be completely filled with something : to be so filled that there is not enough room for anything or anyone more

overflow

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Definition of overflow for English Language Learners

  • : an act of flowing over the edge or top of something

  • : the amount of something that flows over the edge or top of something else

  • : the number of people or things that goes over a limit


OVERFLOW Defined for Kids

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verb over·flow \ˌō-vər-ˈflō\

Definition of overflow for Students

overflowed

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overflowing

  1. 1 :  to flow over the top of The river overflowed its banks.

  2. 2 :  to flow over bounds The creek overflows every spring.

  3. 3 :  to fill or become filled beyond capacity The basket was overflowing with candy.

  4. 4 :  to fill a space up and spread beyond its limits The crowd overflowed into the street.


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noun over·flow \ˈō-vər-ˌflō\

Definition of overflow for Students

  1. 1 :  a flowing over Dams couldn't stop the overflow.

  2. 2 :  something that flows over or fills a space and spreads beyond its limits Police tried to control the overflow of traffic.


Medical Dictionary

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noun over·flow \ˈō-vər-ˌflō\

Medical Definition of overflow

  1. :  an excessive flow or amount



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