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overflow (v.)

Middle English overflouen, from Old English oferfleow "to flow across, flood, inundate," also "to flow over (a brim or bank);" see over- + flow (v.). Common Germanic (Old High German ubarfliozan, German überfliessen, etc.). Related: Overflowed; overflowing.

overflow (n.)

1580s, "act of overflowing, an inundation," also "the excess that flows over," from overflow (v.).

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Definitions of overflow
1
overflow (v.)
flow or run over (a limit or brim);
Synonyms: overrun / well over / run over / brim over
overflow (v.)
overflow with a certain feeling;
Synonyms: bubble over / spill over
2
overflow (n.)
a large flow;
Synonyms: flood / outpouring
overflow (n.)
the occurrence of surplus liquid (as water) exceeding the limit or capacity;
Synonyms: runoff / overspill
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