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 Five other people died when their car was swept away on the road between Kitale and Lodwar after two rivers overflowed their banks, said West Pokot County Commissioner Apollo Okello. Arkansas Online, "Mudslides, floods kill 34 people in western Kenya," 23 Nov. 2019 At Annie’s wake, friends from Wellesley and Bowdoin, from Island Creek and Dana-Farber waited in a line that stretched for two hours, and the church filled to overflowing for her funeral Mass. BostonGlobe.com, "After being diagnosed at 25, Anne McNamara Evans spent the next 3 ½ years raising funds for research and increasing awareness about becoming a bone marrow donor. She was 29, and lived in South Boston, when," 18 Nov. 2019 The severe weather pounding northern Italy had killed a taxi driver and forced dozens to evacuate their homes as rivers overflowed, washed away a bridge and set off landslides, Agence France-Presse reported. Fox News, "Italian couple escape home during landslide thanks to their cats: 'We saw cracks opening in the walls'," 23 Oct. 2019 The anger continues this week, as Twitter overflows with nasty commentary about the new gates. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "New BART turnstiles ridiculed for “hostile design”," 24 July 2019 In the eastern neighborhood of Kurla, 1,000 people were evacuated as the Mithi River overflowed. Sugam Pokharel And Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Maharashtra storm: 43 dead as Indian state pummeled by heavy monsoon rains," 3 July 2019 The tank overflowed, but the pump continued running. oregonlive, "Former Union Pacific plant officer who allowed gallons of oil to seep into Willamette River gets probation," 28 Oct. 2019 The Tama River, which runs by Tokyo, overflowed its banks, flooding homes and other buildings in the area. Yuri Kageyama, SFChronicle.com, "Typhoon toll in Japan rises as dramatic rescues continue," 13 Oct. 2019 The abundant roots and culture that is one of Jamaica’s primary exports overflows in the city’s streets and markets. Dasun Imanuel, Essence, "The Cool Girls' Guide To Kingston, Jamaica," 10 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The hearing drew an audience that packed a State House committee room and filled an overflow room across the hall. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Alabama medical cannabis group begins work on bill," 7 Nov. 2019 More than 400 people were on hand in the main hall and smaller, overflow rooms where the lesson was shown on television. USA TODAY, "Lighthouse in peril, Wizard Rock, cable a la carte: News from around our 50 states," 4 Nov. 2019 More than 400 people were on hand in the main hall and smaller, overflow rooms where the lesson was shown on television. Washington Post, "Former President Jimmy Carter is back teaching Sunday school," 4 Nov. 2019 More than 400 people were on hand in the main hall and smaller, overflow rooms where the lesson was shown on television. BostonGlobe.com, "PLAINS, Ga. — Former president Jimmy Carter taught a Bible lesson on life after death Sunday less than two weeks after breaking his pelvis in a fall.," 4 Nov. 2019 In 2006, the overflow pushed muddy water and sand three-feet deep into the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery, wiping out the entire stock. Author: Rachel D'oro, Anchorage Daily News, "Seward seeks upgrades for antiquated flood-control system," 11 Nov. 2019 The attack would work by adding vendor-specific information elements to Wi-Fi beacons that, when received by a vulnerable device, trigger the buffer overflow in the Linux kernel. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Unpatched Linux bug may open devices to serious attacks over Wi-Fi," 17 Oct. 2019 The school can house 1,220 students and offsets the overflow with four portable classrooms. Jess Nocera, baltimoresun.com, "At two Columbia schools, long-delayed upgrades fuel sense of ‘betrayal’," 9 Oct. 2019 As games unfold, UTSA coach Frank Wilson sees the Roadrunners’ sideline overflow with emotion. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "UTSA coordinators find success from new vantage points," 8 Oct. 2019

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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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Last Updated

30 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Overflow.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overflowed. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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More Definitions for overflow

overflow

verb
How to pronounce overflow (audio)

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
How to pronounce overflow (audio)

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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