[verb oh-ver-floh; noun oh-ver-floh]
- to flow or run over, as rivers or water: After the thaw, the river overflows and causes great damage.
- to have the contents flowing over or spilling, as an overfull container: Stop pouring or your glass is going to overflow.
- to pass from one place or part to another as if flowing from an overfull space: The population overflowed into the adjoining territory.
- to be filled or supplied with in great measure: a heart overflowing with gratitude; a region overflowing with orchards and vineyards.
- to flow over; flood; inundate: The river overflowed several farms.
- to flow over or beyond (the brim, banks, borders, etc.).
- to cause to overflow.
- to flow over the edge or brim of (a receptacle, container, etc.).
- to fill to the point of running over.
- an overflowing: the annual overflow of the Nile.
- something that flows or runs over: to carry off the overflow from a fountain.
- a portion crowded out of an overfilled place: to house the overflow of the museum's collection in another building.
- an excess or superabundance: an overflow of applicants for the job.
- an outlet or receptacle for excess liquid: The tank is equipped with an overflow.
Origin of overflow
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13. overabundance, surplus, plethora, flood, glut.
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Examples from the Web for overflowing
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His tone was filled full to overflowing with compunction as he answered.Within the Law
He was waving his arms, beside himself, overflowing with the emotion of an artist.
The narrow and badly arranged galleries were packed to overflowing.
It was recess and the campus was overflowing with boys and girls, but Pat was alone.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
Your overflowing valour may bring me into ruffles which I had otherwise avoided.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
- to flow or run over (a limit, brim, bank, etc)
- to fill or be filled beyond capacity so as to spill or run over
- (intr usually foll by with) to be filled with happiness, tears, etc
- (tr) to spread or cover over; flood or inundate
- overflowing matter, esp liquid
- any outlet that enables surplus liquid to be discharged or drained off, esp one just below the top of a tank or cistern
- the amount by which a limit, capacity, etc, is exceeded
- computing a condition that occurs when numeric operations produce results too large to store in the memory space assigned to it
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Word Origin and History for overflowing
1580s, "act of overflowing," from overflow (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper