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British Dictionary definitions for overfall

overfall

noun
  1. a turbulent stretch of water caused by marine currents over an underwater ridge
  2. a mechanism that allows excess water to escape from a dam or lock
  3. the point at which a sewer or land drainage discharges into the sea or a river
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Historical Examples

  • I think there is not in the world so strange an overfall, nor so wonderful to behold.

    The Discovery of Guiana

    Sir Walter Raleigh

  • It was most probable that an overfall existed somewhere, and doubtless through a cleft in the granite.