overspill

noun over·spill \ ˈō-vər-ˌspil \

Definition of overspill

1 : the act or an instance of spilling over
2 chiefly British : the movement of excess urban population into less crowded areas

Examples of overspill in a Sentence

  1. an overspill into nearby towns

  2. a new town built to absorb London's overspill

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First Known Use of overspill

1884

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of overspill for English Language Learners

  • : the movement of people from crowded cities to less crowded areas


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