What does overflow mean?

Definitions for overflowˌoʊ vərˈfloʊ; ˈoʊ vərˌfloʊ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word overflow.

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"


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Overflow

    ō-vėr-flō′, v.t. to flow over: to flood: to overwhelm: to cover, as with numbers.—v.i. to run over: to abound.—n. O′verflow, a flowing over: that which flows over: a pipe or channel for spare water, &c.: an inundation: superabundance: abundance: copiousness.—adj. flowing over: over full: abundant.—adj. Overflow′ing, exuberant, very abundant.—adv. Overflow′ingly.—Overflow meeting, a supplementary meeting of those unable to find room in the main meeting.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of overflow in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of overflow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Eric Rignot:

    When my ice melts, the cocktail doesn't overflow.

  2. William Wordsworth:

    Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.

  3. William Shakespeare:

    Let the coming hour overflow with joy, and let pleasure drown the brim.

  4. Michael Land:

    We had two large cooler trailers deployed to assist the Medical Examiner offices to assist with their overflow.

  5. Dejan Stojanovic:

    If what we think of ourselves were true, the planet would overflow with geniuses. They blossomed; they did not talk about blossoming. They grew; they did not talk about growing.

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