overflow

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[o·ver·flow]

To overflow is to go beyond filling something with a liquid, so that it gushes over the edges. During heavy rainstorms, rivers sometimes overflow their banks and flood the surrounding land.

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To flow over; to cover woth, or as with, water or other fluid; to spread over; to inundate; to overwhelm.

Noun
a large flow

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

Verb
overflow with a certain feeling; "The children bubbled over with joy"; "My boss was bubbling over with anger"

Verb
flow or run over (a limit or brim)


v. t.
To flow over; to cover woth, or as with, water or other fluid; to spread over; to inundate; to overwhelm.

v. t.
To flow over the brim of; to fill more than full.

v. i.
To run over the bounds.

v. i.
To be superabundant; to abound.

n.
A flowing over, as of water or other fluid; an inundation.

n.
That which flows over; a superfluous portion; a superabundance.

n.
An outlet for the escape of surplus liquid.


Overflow

O`ver*flow" , v. t. [imp. & p. p. Overflowed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Overflowing.] [AS. oferflwan. 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.
The northern nations overflowed all Christendom.
2. To flow over the brim of; to fill more than full.

Overflow

O`ver*flow", v. i. 1. To run over the bounds. 2. To be superabundant; to abound. Rogers.

Overflow

O"ver*flow` , n. 1. A flowing over, as of water or other fluid; an inundation. Bacon. 2. That which flows over; a superfluous portion; a superabundance. Shak. 3. An outlet for the escape of surplus liquid. Overflow meeting, a meeting constituted of the surplus or overflow of another audience.

To flow over; to cover woth, or as with, water or other fluid; to spread over; to inundate; to overwhelm.

To run over the bounds.

A flowing over, as of water or other fluid; an inundation.

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Usage Examples

An overflow of good converts to bad.

The cause of justice is the cause of humanity. Its advocates should overflow with universal good will. We should love this cause, for it conduces to the general happiness of mankind.

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Other Usage Examples

Purring would seem to be, in her case, an automatic safety valve device for dealing with happiness overflow.

Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.

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