overflow

verb
over·​flow | \ ˌō-vər-ˈflō How to pronounce overflow (audio) \
overflowed; overflowing; overflows

Definition of overflow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover with or as if with water : inundate
2 : to flow over the brim of
3 : to cause to overflow

intransitive verb

1 : to flow over bounds
2 : to fill a space to capacity and spread beyond its limits the crowd overflowed into the street

overflow

noun
over·​flow | \ ˈō-vər-ˌflō How to pronounce overflow (audio) \

Definition of overflow (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a flowing over : inundation
2 : something that flows over : surplus
3 : an outlet or receptacle for surplus liquid

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Synonyms & Antonyms for overflow

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of overflow in a Sentence

Verb The river overflowed its banks. The creek overflows every spring. The water in the tub overflowed. Books and papers overflowed his desk. The paragraph overflowed the page. Noun a great overflow of water from the heavy rains swept mud and silt down onto the highway an overflow of help actually made the job more complicated
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While the liquid may not immediately overflow, the probability rises when more water is added. Anchorage Daily News, 15 July 2021 For weeks after a major rain event, such as a hurricane or tropical storm, the water levels on Lake Harney continue to rise and overflow the choke points for weeks afterward. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, 2 July 2021 Crews are working to complete the dam’s structure, water pump and overflow weir. Dallas News, 14 June 2021 The influx of rain overloads the city’s treatment lagoons, causing untreated or partially treated sewage to continuously overflow crumbling earthen dams into Freetown Creek. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 27 May 2021 Heavy rains caused a dam to overflow on the Hawaiian island of Maui, and and nearby residents in the community of Haiku are being evacuated, county officials said Monday. Audrey Mcavoy And Mark Thiessen, USA TODAY, 9 Mar. 2021 But sediment has filled in much of the reservoir behind the dam, so when storms cause flooding, pollutants can overflow. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, 26 Mar. 2021 People overflow from thin, corrugated metal houses, stacked on top of each other like matchboxes, onto crowded, mostly unpaved lanes strung with loose electrical wire. Emily Schmall, New York Times, 21 Mar. 2021 With the receiver room beginning to overflow with talent and Ruckert separating from his own room a bit in terms of impact, will those two tight end scenarios occur more infrequently? Nathan Baird, cleveland, 17 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The waterway doesn’t have the best reputation, as sewage overflow and other pollutants have streamed into the water over the years. Lizzy Lawrence, baltimoresun.com, 20 July 2021 Following Tropical Storm Elsa last week, residents were asked to avoid recreational water use Friday evening, as storm water and sewage overflow could increase bacteria levels. Jessika Harkay, courant.com, 13 July 2021 The Wi-Fi subsystem probably passes the Wi-Fi network name (SSID) unsanitized to some internal library that is performing string formatting, which in turn causes an arbitrary memory write and buffer overflow. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 6 July 2021 Carpenters built it from scratch atop a huge overflow drain. Jenna Ross, Star Tribune, 28 June 2021 While two seats are available to the public — one in the courtroom and one in the overflow room — they have most likely been claimed at this point via advance requests. Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2021 It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare, minus the boiler-overflow pipe leaking at 3 a.m. or a backyard raccoon infestation. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 14 June 2021 So many people were present at the meeting that an overflow room was used to seat the crowd. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 June 2021 No wood furniture or overflow trash is accepted at the site, according to the statement. BostonGlobe.com, 1 June 2021

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First Known Use of overflow

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of overflow was before the 12th century

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overflow

verb

English Language Learners Definition of overflow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of overflow (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

verb
over·​flow | \ ˌō-vər-ˈflō How to pronounce overflow (audio) \
overflowed; overflowing

Kids Definition of overflow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to flow over the top of The river overflowed its banks.
2 : to flow over bounds The creek overflows every spring.
3 : to fill or become filled beyond capacity The basket was overflowing with candy.
4 : to fill a space up and spread beyond its limits The crowd overflowed into the street.

overflow

noun
over·​flow | \ ˈō-vər-ˌflō How to pronounce overflow (audio) \

Kids Definition of overflow (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a flowing over Dams couldn't stop the overflow.
2 : something that flows over or fills a space and spreads beyond its limits Police tried to control the overflow of traffic.

overflow

noun
over·​flow | \ ˈō-vər-ˌflō How to pronounce overflow (audio) \

Medical Definition of overflow

: an excessive flow or amount

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