Definitions for overflowˌoʊ vərˈfloʊ; ˈoʊ vərˌfloʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•ver•flowˌoʊ vərˈfloʊ; ˈoʊ vərˌfloʊ(v.; n.; v.i.)

  1. to flow or run over, as rivers or water.

  2. to have the contents flowing over or spilling.

  3. to pass from one part to another as if flowing from an overfull space:

    The population overflowed into the adjoining territory.

  4. to be supplied with in great measure:

    a heart overflowing with gratitude.

  5. (v.t.)to flow over; flood; inundate.

  6. to flow over or beyond (the brim, banks, borders, etc.).

  7. to flow over the edge or brim of.

  8. to cause to overflow.

  9. (n.)an overflowing.

  10. something that flows or runs over.

  11. a portion crowded out of an overfilled place.

  12. an excess or superabundance.

  13. an outlet or receptacle for excess liquid.

Origin of overflow:

bef. 900

Princeton's WordNet

  1. flood, overflow, outpouring(noun)

    a large flow

  2. overflow, runoff, overspill(verb)

    the occurrence of surplus liquid (as water) exceeding the limit or capacity

  3. overflow, overrun, well over, run over, brim over(verb)

    flow or run over (a limit or brim)

  4. bubble over, overflow, spill over(verb)

    overflow with a certain feeling

    "The children bubbled over with joy"; "My boss was bubbling over with anger"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. overflow(verb)ˌoʊ vərˈfloʊ; n. ˈoʊ vərˌfloʊ

    (of liquid) to spill over the edge of sth that contains it

    Water was overflowing the banks of the river.

  2. overflowˌoʊ vərˈfloʊ; n. ˈoʊ vərˌfloʊ

    (of sth containing liquid) to become so full that liquid spills out

    The bathtub overflowed.

  3. overflowˌoʊ vərˈfloʊ; n. ˈoʊ vərˌfloʊ

    (of a place) to be too full of people or things

    a used car lot overflowing with vehicles


  1. overflow(Noun)

    The spillage resultant from overflow; excess.

  2. overflow(Verb)

    To fill beyond the limits of a container or system.

  3. overflow(Verb)

    To exceed the available numeric range.

    Calculating 255+1 will overflow an eight-bit byte.

Translations for overflow

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a flowing over of liquid

I put a bucket under the pipe to catch the overflow; (also adjective) an overflow pipe.

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