overpump

verb, transitive + intransitive over·pump \ ˌō-vər-ˈpəmp \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overpump

overpumped; overpumping
: to pump (something) excessively; especially : to pump water from (a water source) at a greater rate than it is replenished
  • overpumping groundwater
  • When the aquifer is overpumped, the dropping water level can make shallower wells useless.
  • —Dan Feldstein
  • When a drought hits and imported water is reduced, farmers start overpumping and subsidence continues.
  • —William M. Alley and Rosemarie Alley

First Known Use of overpump

circa 1871


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