Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To wash too much or too often.
  • v. To become flooded.
  • n. The flow of water and sediment over the crest of a beach that does not directly return to the water body.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To overflow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To wash or flow over; spread over or on.
  • In geology, consisting of drift carried by streams from a glacier and deposited on the outer side of its moraine.

Etymologies

over- +‎ wash (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • High seas up to 25 feet are possible just offshore of the Outer Banks (10-15 feet offshore VA/MD/DE beaches) with significant ocean overwash and sound-side flooding.

    Hurricane Earl watches for VA/MD/DE beaches

  • As of earlier this morning, peak sustained winds along the N.C. coast were in the 45-60 mph range (tropical storm force) with gusts as high as around 75-80 mph, and maximum storm surges were around 2-3 feet resulting in ocean overwash.

    Earl eyes New England after lashing N.C.

  • Conditions are to rapidly improve -- with flood waters and overwash receding -- as Earl continues to move north and east away from the area into this afternoon.

    Earl eyes New England after lashing N.C.

  • Protect natural processes of longshore drift, erosion and overwash, which maintain coastal systems.

    Northeastern coastal forests

  • The Army Corps of Engineers told us that on the Industrial Canal, those pictures that you were seeing are wave overwash of the Industrial Canal.

    CNN Transcript Sep 1, 2008

  • There is an occasional direct overwash from the Atlantic Ocean during major storms.

    North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve

  • A continuous sheet of storm-generated overwash deposits is observed in this low-lying and uninhabited portion of the barrier island.

    Ivanizing the Day (Updated)

  • Water is already starting to overwash Ariola Drive road right next to the beach.

    Archive 2005-08-01

  • And as that wind was pushing that water into those refineries, there may have been some overwash into those refineries.

    CNN Transcript Sep 24, 2005

  • They're not going to see that overwash of the sand dunes like they saw on the Gulf Coast.

    CNN Transcript Sep 14, 2005

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