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overflow

o·ver·flow

overflow

 
 
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: o vr flo
inflections: overflowed, overflowing, overflows
definition 1: to flow over the top edge of a containing channel or receptacle.
The river overflows each spring.
synonyms:
flood, overrun
definition 2: of a containing channel or receptacle, to be overfilled, so that its contents flow over the top edge.
The blocked toilet overflowed.
synonyms:
flood, overrun
definition 3: to spill from one space into another.
The crowd overflowed into the hallway.
similar words:
flood, flow, spill
definition 4: to be or become full or overly full.
Her heart overflowed with love.
synonyms:
brim, fill
similar words:
abound, flood, overrun, spill, teem
 
part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: o vr flo
definition 1: to flood over or across.
The river overflowed its banks and the adjacent fields.
synonyms:
deluge, flood, inundate, overrun
similar words:
engulf, overspread, submerge
definition 2: to spill out of, because of overfilling.
The milk overflowed the mug.
similar words:
overrun
definition 3: to fill (something) beyond its capacity; overfill.
She overflowed the tub.
synonyms:
flood, overrun
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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: o vr flo
definition 1: that which escapes containment because of overfilling; excess.
We caught the overflow in a bucket.
similar words:
excess, runoff, spill
definition 2: the act or fact, or an instance, of overflowing.
similar words:
excess, overrun
definition 3: an outlet from which excess liquid may exit.
similar words:
drain, drainpipe, gutter, spill, spillway
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  • overflowing:
    too full; with the contents flowing over the top edge.
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