over·​spill ˈō-vər-ˌspil How to pronounce overspill (audio)
: the act or an instance of spilling over
chiefly British : the movement of excess urban population into less crowded areas

Examples of overspill in a Sentence

an overspill into nearby towns a new town built to absorb London's overspill
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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of overspill was in 1884

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“Overspill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overspill. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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