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

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Examples of overtop in a Sentence

a manager whose arrogance was overtopped only by his ineptitude
Recent Examples on the Web River levels are not particularly high, so levees are not likely to be overtopped. David Jacobs, Washington Examiner, "Gov. Edwards: Cristobal 'has its sights set on Louisiana'," 4 June 2020 The Edenville Dam, on the border of Midland and Gladwin counties, failed late Tuesday, causing another dam downstream to be overtopped by water and forcing mass evacuations along the Tittabawassee River. Fox News, "Michigan dam that failed had license revoked by feds over fears it couldn't withstand major flooding," 21 May 2020 The improved levee worked this year, until it was finally overtopped by floodwaters that swamped Trantina’s business. David A. Lieb, The Denver Post, "States brace for long-term flood fight as damage costs soar," 11 Aug. 2019 The improved levee worked this year, until it was finally overtopped by floodwaters that swamped Trantina’s business. Washington Post, "AP: States brace for long-term flood fight as damages," 11 Aug. 2019 Levees around the Industrial Canal are first overtopped, then breached, leading to catastrophic flooding in the Lower Ninth. Vann R. Newkirk Ii, The Atlantic, "Floodlines: Timeline of Events," 12 Mar. 2020 The weather service also was expecting the water to stay below the river’s levees, which haven’t been overtopped in New Orleans since the early 1920s. Washington Post, "New Orleans’ levees face a hard test as storm bears down," 12 July 2019 The spillway at the 107-year-old Willett Pond Dam near the Boston suburb of Norwood is capable of handling just 13% of the water flow from a serious flood before the dam is overtopped, according to a recent state inspection report. Michelle Minkoff, The Denver Post, "Thousands face risk because of aging U.S. dams, including some in Colorado, AP finds," 10 Nov. 2019 The spillway at the 107-year-old Willett Pond Dam near the Boston suburb of Norwood is capable of handling just 13% of the water flow from a serious flood before the dam is overtopped, according to a recent state inspection report. BostonGlobe.com, "‘‘He had about a 5-minute notice, with no prior warning the day before,’’ Scott Angel, one of Kenny’s brothers, said.," 10 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of overtop

circa 1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of overtop was circa 1594

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8 Jun 2020

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“Overtop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overtop. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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