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  • v. Present participle of overtop.
  • adj. Surmounting, surpassing.


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  • VERY fortunately the report was, at least right now, inaccurate: the overtopping is on the west side of the Industrial Canal.

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • S. O'BRIEN: S. you feel that the overtopping is the big problem.

    CNN Transcript Sep 24, 2005

  • Restore the valve system to allow all water to flow through the channel below the dam rather than along the side, and hopefully prevent most 'overtopping' incidences caused by high water during winter rains.


  • Update: We Saw That has video of an earlier report by Gary Tuchman where he indicated that parts of the industrial canal were experiencing more than "overtopping".

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • Trash refers to the habit of hanging a weight round the neck of the fleetest of a pack of hounds, to keep him from getting ahead of the rest; and 'overtopping' to trees shooting up above the others in a grove, which have to be lopped to keep them even.

    Shakespeare Study Programs; The Comedies

  • Over 100 years ago, Adolph Sutro, the 24th mayor of San Francisco, recognized the power of San Francisco's waves, building a wave catch-basin that he hoped to one day turn into a wave-powered "overtopping" system near Cliff House.

    The Full Feed from

  • During this time, the ACoE kept referring to the canal flood as an "overtopping". - Exposing Liberal Media Bias

  • "overtopping" caused the walls to breach at the 17th Street Canal.


  • The key risk to the dam is an overtopping, when floodwaters rise so high in the reservoir that they flow over the brim of the earth embankment and start washing away the structure of the dam itself.

    A 174-Foot-High Dam Is Master of Brisbane's Fate

  • The river was overtopping the dike Wednesday, and the levee appeared to be eroding.

    Montana town floods for second time in 2 weeks


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