overtop

verb
over·​top | \ ˌō-vər-ˈtäp How to pronounce overtop (audio) \
overtopped; overtopping; overtops

Definition of overtop

transitive verb

1 : to rise above the top of
2 : to be superior to
3 : surpass

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Examples of overtop in a Sentence

a manager whose arrogance was overtopped only by his ineptitude

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Sheehan said floodwaters had also overtopped a steel retaining wall containing one of three large coal ash dumps lining the shoreline. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "North Carolina dam at retired power plant breaches, may release coal ash into river," 21 Sep. 2018 During Floyd, dozens of these lagoons either breached or were overtopped by floodwaters, spilling the contents. Michael Biesecker, Fox News, "Hurricane could flood many waste sites, creating toxic brew," 12 Sep. 2018 During Floyd, dozens of these lagoons either breached or were overtopped by floodwaters, spilling the contents. Michael Biesecker, Fox News, "Hurricane could flood many waste sites, creating toxic brew," 12 Sep. 2018 During Floyd, dozens of these lagoons either breached or were overtopped by floodwaters, spilling the contents. Michael Biesecker, Fox News, "Hurricane could flood many waste sites, creating toxic brew," 12 Sep. 2018 During Floyd, dozens of these lagoons either breached or were overtopped by floodwaters, spilling the contents. Michael Biesecker, Fox News, "Hurricane could flood many waste sites, creating toxic brew," 12 Sep. 2018 These pits are not sealed from above, so rain can accumulate and overtop the pits, allowing untreated animal waste into the water. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Florence dropped so much rain that hog waste is spilling out of lagoons," 18 Sep. 2018 During Floyd, dozens of these lagoons either breached or were overtopped by floodwaters, spilling the contents. Michael Biesecker, Fox News, "Hurricane could flood many waste sites, creating toxic brew," 12 Sep. 2018 During Floyd, dozens of these lagoons either breached or were overtopped by floodwaters, spilling the contents. Michael Biesecker, Fox News, "Hurricane could flood many waste sites, creating toxic brew," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of overtop

circa 1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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