• WordNet 3.6
    • v overflow overflow with a certain feeling "The children bubbled over with joy","My boss was bubbling over with anger"
    • v overflow flow or run over (a limit or brim)
    • n overflow a large flow
    • n overflow the occurrence of surplus liquid (as water) exceeding the limit or capacity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1785, the city of Paris removed bones from cemeteries to ease the overflow of dead people. They took these bones and stacked them in tunnels now known as the Catacombs. You can visit these tunnel attractions and work your way along long corridors, which are stacked with skulls and bones
    • Overflow A flowing over, as of water or other fluid; an inundation.
    • Overflow An outlet for the escape of surplus liquid.
    • Overflow That which flows over; a superfluous portion; a superabundance.
    • Overflow To be superabundant; to abound.
    • Overflow To flow over the brim of; to fill more than full.
    • Overflow 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."
    • Overflow To run over the bounds.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overflow To flow or spread over; inundate; cover with water or other liquid; flood.
    • overflow To fill and run over the edge or brim of.
    • overflow To deluge; overwhelm; cover; overrun.
    • overflow To overcome with drink; intoxicate.
    • overflow To flow over; swell and run over the brim or banks.
    • overflow To be so full that the contents run over the brim; be more than full.
    • n overflow A flowing over; an inundation.
    • n overflow The excess that flows over; hence, superabundance; exuberance.
    • n overflow 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 overflow Same as overflow-basin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Overflow ō-vėr-flō′ to flow over: to flood: to overwhelm: to cover, as with numbers
    • v.i Overflow to run over: to abound
    • n Overflow a flowing over: that which flows over: a pipe or channel for spare water, &c.: an inundation: superabundance: abundance: copiousness
    • adj Overflow flowing over: over full: abundant
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Dog. A kind of additional or subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world's worship.”
  • Robert Munger
    Robert Munger
    “Evangelism is the spontaneous overflow of a glad and free heart in Jesus Christ.”
  • Martin Luther
    “My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “A man's interest in the world is only an overflow from his interest in himself.”
  • Eileen Caddy
    “Life is full and overflowing with the new. But it is necessary to empty out the old to make room for the new to enter.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. oferflwan,. See Over, and Flow


In literature:

Alfalfa may sometimes be grown satisfactorily on soils subject to overflow, but usually there is hazard in growing it on these.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
The trams fly up from Dobbin's back, and a shoal of sheaves overflows the mire.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2" by John Wilson
By running water, we mean a large tank with overflow pipes giving a constant supply.
"The Working of Steel" by Fred H. Colvin
The provision wagons were filled to overflowing with all sorts of supplies.
"Ten American Girls From History" by Kate Dickinson Sweetser
They wore white silk stockings and white kid slippers and carried overflowing baskets of yellow and white roses.
"Grace Harlowe's Problem" by Jessie Graham Flower
My heart is overflowing, Peter Donaldson.
"The Seventh Noon" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Floods due to breaks and overflows in the Erie Canal at Waterloo, Seneca Falls, Port Bryon and elsewhere, caused thousands of dollars loss.
"The True Story of Our National Calamity of Flood, Fire and Tornado" by Logan Marshall
After commencement, our house will be overflowing with city friends.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Thousands of acres of land thus subject to overflow are lost to use.
"Checking the Waste" by Mary Huston Gregory
After the rainy season the White Nile overflows its banks, forming an inextricable labyrinth of side branches, lakes, and marshes.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin

In poetry:

Then shall He, the All-bestowing,
Work in thee His wondrous sign,
For thy poor prayers overflowing
Shall stream out love's richest wine.
"The Water And The Wine" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Drop dashed on drop, as the rain-shower fell;
They joined and sank below:
In gathered thousands they rose a well,
With a singing overflow.
"Lessons For A Child" by George MacDonald
She dried her tears and they did smile
To see her cheeks' returning glow
How little dreaming all the while
That full heart throbbed to overflow
"She Dried Her Tears And They Did Smile" by Emily Jane Bronte
He has gone to his grave; that manly heart
No more with life is glowing;
And the tears to our eyes unbidden start,
Our sad hearts' overflowing.
"In Memoriam G. A. P." by E W Bowling
Shine on us with the light which glowed
Upon the trance-bound shepherd's way.
Who saw the Darkness overflowed
And drowned by tides of everlasting Day.
"The Shadow And The Light" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And he who has not learned to know
How false its sparkling bubbles show,
How bitter are the drops of woe,
With which its brim may overflow,
He has not learned to live.
"The Goblet Of Life" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Gardens (and grocery stores) are overflowing with fall's favorite veggie: squash.
Right now farmers markets are overflowing with spring produce, and loading up on in-season veggies is one of the best ways to boost your health and feel more energetic.
View full size Steve Hockstein/For the Star-Ledger Bestselling author Erik Larson speaks about his new book "In the Garden of the Beasts" to a overflow audience at the Green Brook Country Club Book Club in North Caldwell last month.
City officials have come up with a faster way to finish the Combined Sewer Overflow project, an effort to fix problems with Lynchburg's aging sewer lines.
New strategy for tackling sewer overflow could save Lynchburg $100-million.
The overflow happened near North Carmel Drive, and area residents are advised to take precautions should they come into contact with any standing water.
Tintype nearly went into the charity's overflow bin to be sold by the pound.
Workers' days overflow with what can turn out to be life-or-death decisions.
Stewart is unlike many of her associates who have a closet overflowing with designer shoes.
Superior, Ashland report sewer overflows in recent torrential rains.
The second annual Overflow: Voices in Action choir competition will be staged at 7 pm Friday at College Heights Christian Church, 4311 E Newman Road in Joplin.
Managing the overflow of information.
It was February 1998 late at night into the early morning hours when overflowing waters from the San Francisquito Creek flooded homes in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and Menlo Park.
Fresno County's top officials are thinking about shipping their overflow of bad guys to Madera County -- or even Lassen County in Northern California.
Mourners react during a packed overflow service at Clayton Baptist Church on Oct 23, 2012, in Clayton, N.J. As the small town tries to begin healing after missing 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale was found dead.

In science:

Vitesse 7216. The Adder ASICs sum up eight 11-bit energies (including the sign) in 25 ns, while providing bits for overflows.
Level-1 Regional Calorimeter Trigger System for CMS
The most common example of such a flaw is a buffer overflow. A buffer overflow occurs when a process assigns more data to a memory location than was expected by the programmer. The consequence is that that attacker can manipulate the computer’ s memory to cause arbitrary malicious code to run.
Security Considerations for Remote Electronic Voting over the Internet
Both involve overflow errors which would enable attackers to execute any code in the system compromised or crash the system.
Will the Butterfly Cipher keep your Network Data secure? Developments in Computer Encryption
The format of the table entries is cpu time/timeouts/stack overflows.
SAT Techniques for Lexicographic Path Orders
Zemtsov Terrestrial Origin Versus Extraterrestrial Overflow of Thermodynamics. G.
Practical cosmology and cosmological physics