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[verb oh-ver-top; noun oh-ver-top] /verb ˌoʊ vərˈtɒp; noun ˈoʊ vərˌtɒp/
verb (used with object), overtopped, overtopping.
to rise over or above the top of:
a skyscraper that overtops all the other buildings.
to rise above in authority; take precedence over; override:
No individual shall overtop the law.
to surpass or excel:
a rise in sales that overtopped everyone in the industry.
a top, sometimes sleeveless, designed to be worn over another garment, as a shirt or dress.
Origin of overtop
1555-65; over- + top1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Historical Examples
  • The site is nearly in the middle of ancient Rome, and commands a fine view of the other hills, the Capitol only overtopping it.

  • These "bruisers" of the hunting field ought to be made to carry three stone dead weight; they should be "trashed for overtopping."

    A Cotswold Village J. Arthur Gibbs
  • overtopping these on each side is a row of gigantic Scotch firs, the largest in the surrounding district.

    The Vale of Lyvennet John Salkeld Bland
  • Mr. Jope glanced back at the roof of Merry-Garden, which from the quay could be seen just overtopping the laylocks.

    Merry-Garden and Other Stories Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • She wore a wide-brimmed hat of straw, overtopping curls as crisp as her temper.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • The belfries and roofs of mediæval Orange rose in the clear air, overtopping the half ruined theatre in many places.

    The Ways of Men Eliot Gregory
  • But chief among them all was Turnus, who moved in the midst, clad in armour, and overtopping them all by his head.

    Stories from Virgil Alfred J. Church
  • And then came the climax, the overtopping experience of all for Him, as for us, the Calvary Cross.

  • Her sweet, proud face was near him once again, overtopping his manhood.

    The Hill of Venus Nathan Gallizier
  • In the background rises the massive summit of Benmore, overtopping the heights of Balquhidder.

British Dictionary definitions for overtopping


the rising of water over the top of a barrier


verb (transitive) -tops, -topping, -topped
to exceed in height
to surpass; excel
to rise over the top of
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Word Origin and History for overtopping



1560s, from over- + top (v.). Related: Overtopped; overtopping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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