[verb oh-ver-floh; noun oh-ver-floh]

verb (used without object), o·ver·flowed, o·ver·flown, o·ver·flow·ing.

verb (used with object), o·ver·flowed, o·ver·flown, o·ver·flow·ing.


Nearby words

  1. overfeed,
  2. overfill,
  3. overfish,
  4. overflap,
  5. overflight,
  6. overfly,
  7. overfold,
  8. overfond,
  9. overfull,
  10. overfunding

Origin of overflow

before 900; Middle English overflowen, Old English oferflōwan. See over-, flow

Related formso·ver·flow·a·ble, adjectiveo·ver·flow·ing·ly, adverbun·o·ver·flow·ing, adjective

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verb (ˌəʊvəˈfləʊ) -flows or -flowing or -flowed or formerly -flown

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

noun (ˈəʊvəˌfləʊ)

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
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