overtop

verb
over·​top | \ ˌō-vər-ˈtäp \
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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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 During Floyd, dozens of these lagoons either breached or were overtopped by floodwaters, spilling the contents. Michael Biesecker, The Seattle Times, "Hurricane could flood many waste sites, creating toxic brew," 11 Sep. 2018 Flooding from the aftermath of Hurricane Florence overtopped a dike at the plant’s 1,100 acre reservoir, flooding an adjacent dump containing 400,000 tons of coal ash. Michael Biesecker, The Seattle Times, "Duke says its data show no harm from flooded coal ash dump," 24 Sep. 2018 Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence continued to overtop an earthen dike at the north side of Sutton Lake, the 1,000-acre reservoir at the L.V. Power Station near Wilmington, Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan told The Associated Press. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "North Carolina dam at retired power plant breaches, may release coal ash into river," 21 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of overtop

circa 1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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