Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To flow or run over the top, brim, or banks.
  • intransitive v. To be filled beyond capacity, as a container or waterway.
  • intransitive v. To have a boundless supply; be superabundant. See Synonyms at teem1.
  • transitive v. To flow over the top, brim, or banks of.
  • transitive v. To spread or cover over; flood.
  • transitive v. To cause to fill beyond capacity.
  • n. The act of overflowing.
  • n. Something that flows over; an excess.
  • n. An outlet or vent through which excess liquid may escape.
  • n. Computer Science A condition in which a calculation produces a unit of data too large to be stored in the location allotted to it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The spillage resultant from overflow; excess.
  • v. To fill beyond the limits of a container or system.
  • v. To exceed the available numeric range.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • intransitive v. To run over the bounds.
  • intransitive v. To be superabundant; to abound.
  • transitive v. To flow over; to cover woth, or as with, water or other fluid; to spread over; to inundate; to overwhelm.
  • transitive v. To flow over the brim of; to fill more than full.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To flow or spread over; inundate; cover with water or other liquid; flood.
  • To fill and run over the edge or brim of.
  • To deluge; overwhelm; cover; overrun.
  • To overcome with drink; intoxicate.
  • To flow over; swell and run over the brim or banks.
  • To be so full that the contents run over the brim; be more than full.
  • n. A flowing over; an inundation.
  • n. The excess that flows over; hence, superabundance; exuberance.
  • n. Specifically, that form or style of verse in which the sense may flow on through more than a couple of lines, and does not necessarily terminate with the line.
  • n. Same as overflow-basin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the occurrence of surplus liquid (as water) exceeding the limit or capacity
  • v. flow or run over (a limit or brim)
  • v. overflow with a certain feeling
  • n. a large flow

Etymologies

From over- +‎ flow. (Wiktionary)

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