What does overflow mean?

Definitions for overflow
ˌoʊ vərˈfloʊ; ˈoʊ vərˌfloʊover·flow

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flood, overflow, outpouringnoun

    a large flow

  2. overflow, runoff, overspillverb

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

  3. overflow, overrun, well over, run over, brim oververb

    flow or run over (a limit or brim)

  4. bubble over, overflow, spill oververb

    overflow with a certain feeling

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


  1. overflownoun

    The spillage resultant from overflow; excess.

  2. overflowverb

    To fill beyond the limits of a container or system.

  3. overflowverb

    To exceed the available numeric range.

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


  1. overflow

    Overflow generally refers to a situation where a quantity or capacity is exceeded, often resulting in spillage or leakage. This term is commonly used across different fields such as computing, plumbing, and mathematics, with varied specific meanings. For example, in computing, overflow refers to a circumstance where calculations produce a result larger than the assigned memory space can accommodate.

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

Examples of overflow in a Sentence

  1. Goh Guek Eng:

    Good news: Product transfers from China are leading to more quotation requests and order overflow, bad news: Materials are not coming in from China.

  2. Yum Brands CEO David Gibbs:

    The team is prioritizing restaurant operations, including a focus on improving staffing levels, restoring operating hours, increasing online ordering availability and more effectively leveraging the use of our overflow call centers.

  3. William Shakespeare:

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

  4. Maggie Pena:

    Last week we had an overflow, but the numbers have decreased this week.

  5. Laura Jaworski:

    Allow your heart to overflow with gratitude, and so, fill the world with Love.

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