I. Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to cover with or as if with water ; inundate 2. to flow over the brim of 3. to cause to overflow intransitive verb 1. to flow over bounds 2. to fill a space to capacity and spread beyond its limits <
the crowd overflowed into the street
II. noun Date: 1568 1. a flowing over ; inundation 2. something that flows over ; surplus 3. an outlet or receptacle for surplus liquid

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Overflow — O ver*flow , n. 1. A flowing over, as of water or other fluid; an inundation. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. That which flows over; a superfluous portion; a superabundance. Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. An outlet for the escape of surplus liquid. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • overflow — ► VERB 1) flow over the brim of a receptacle. 2) be excessively full or crowded. 3) (overflow with) be very full of (an emotion). ► NOUN 1) the overflowing of a liquid. 2) the excess not able to be accommodated by a space …   English terms dictionary

  • overflow — [n] flood, inundation advance, cataclysm, cataract, congestion, deluge, discharge, encroachment, enforcement, engorgement, excess, exuberance, flash flood, flooding, infringement, niagara, overabundance, overcrowding, overkill, overmuch,… …   New thesaurus

  • overflow — [ō΄vər flō′; ] also, and for n.always [, ō′vər flō΄] vt. 1. to flow over or across; flood 2. to flow over the brim or edge of 3. to cause to overflow by filling beyond capacity vi. 1. to flow beyond the limits; run over 2. to be more than full or …   English World dictionary

  • Overflow — O ver*flow , v. i. 1. To run over the bounds. [1913 Webster] 2. To be superabundant; to abound. Rogers. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Overflow — O ver*flow , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Overflowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Overflowing}.] [AS. oferfl?wan. See {Over}, and {Flow}.] 1. To flow over; to cover woth, or as with, water or other fluid; to spread over; to inundate; to overwhelm. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Overflow — (engl. für Überlauf, überfließen) bezeichnet: in der Informatik: einen Arithmetischen Überlauf einen Pufferüberlauf einen japanischen Erogē Produzenten: 0verflow Diese Seite ist eine …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • overflow — index balance (amount in excess), cataclysm, inundate, outflow, overage, plethora, surfeit, surplus Burton s …   Law dictionary

  • overflow — *teem, swarm, abound …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • overflow — as a verb, has the past form and past participle overflowed …   Modern English usage

  • overflow — I UK [ˌəʊvə(r)ˈfləʊ] / US [ˌoʊvərˈfloʊ] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms overflow : present tense I/you/we/they overflow he/she/it overflows present participle overflowing past tense overflowed past participle overflowed 1) a) to flow… …   English dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”