• WordNet 3.6
    • adj overflowing covered with water "the main deck was afloat (or awash)","the monsoon left the whole place awash","a flooded bathroom","inundated farmlands","an overflowing tub"
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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
    • n Overflowing An overflow; that which overflows; exuberance; copiousness. "He was ready to bestow the overflowings of his full mind on anybody who would start a subject."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n overflowing A flowing over; overflow; superabundance; surplus.
    • overflowing More than full; abundant; copious; exuberant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Overflowing exuberant, very 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.”


In literature:

All the treasures of affection which had been accumulating in the isolation of her humiliating life overflowed.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
Every shoe was filled to overflowing; and beside each stood a many-colored pile.
"Christmas" by Various
All the trains just then had bad loads: the Clearing Hospitals were overflowing.
"Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915" by Anonymous
Most of them have small, inconvenient entrances; others are subject to overflow or have running water in them.
"Archeological Investigations" by Gerard Fowke
The round form of Murray McTavish filled the office chair to overflowing.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
When the basin overflowed, the previous maximum of the river's rise had been equaled.
"A Pagan of the Hills" by Charles Neville Buck
Only a few of the stations were on solid ground, nearly all the shore being overflowed.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No. V, May, 1863" by Various
And with much overflowing pity hast Thou pitied us, Our Father and our King.
"Men Called Him Master" by Elwyn Allen Smith
It was radiant, but the eyes were overflowing.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
It seemed as though a shower of coined gold were overflowing her wee muslin apron of an intelligence and dropping through it.
"Gideon's Band" by George W. Cable

In poetry:

Thou must be true thyself
If thou the truth wouldst teach;
Thy soul must overflow if thou
Another's soul wouldst reach.
It needs the overflow of heart
To give the lips full speech.
"Be True To Thyself" by Horatius Bonar
Stay now with me; no more through all the years,
Wilt thou and I, O glorious friend! be parted;
Or, if e'er so, my overflowing tears,
Will prove that I am grieved, or broken-hearted.
"To My Copy Of Shakspeare Which Had Been Lost" by James Avis Bartley
Thrice daily in their polished cup
Its crystal waters sink;
Thrice daily do they rise again
And overflow the brink,--
Since Pliny's day no more, no less,
Unchanged in rhythmic loveliness.
"Villa Pliniana" by John Lawson Stoddard
The tempest-driven torrent deluges the mead,
It overflows the low banks of the rivulets and ponds —
The lawns and pasture-grounds lie locked in icy bonds,
So that the cattle cannot feed.
"O'Hussey's Ode To The Maguire" by James Clarence Mangan
Oh, come, my beloved, from thy winter abode,
From thy home on the Yuba, thy ranch overflowed;
For the waters have fallen, the winter has fled,
And the river once more has returned to its bed.
"California Madrigal" by Francis Bret Harte
Do I see her afar in the distance? Not yet.
Too early! Too early! She could not forget!
When I cross the old bridge where the brook overflowed,
She will flash full in sight at the turn of the road.
"At The Turn Of The Road" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Despite the death of Thunderbird, desktop email clients are still a great way to manage your overflowing inbox.
My husband estimates that it takes a good half inch of rain before the rain barrel overflows.
Retama Park expects overflow crowd for live racing, Belmont Stakes.
Retama Park opens its live racing season this weekend and overflow crowds are expected for Saturday's Belmont Stakes.
Tintype nearly went into the charity's overflow bin to be sold by the pound.
The storm system that brought much-needed rain to Augusta this week also forced about 400,000 gallons of sewage to overflow into a tributary of Butler Creek, according to the Augusta Utilities Department.
Tribal Housing employee Frank Rides At The Door removes overflow trash from the street so traffic can pass through a housing project in Browning.
I've been playing with versions of my own recently, mainly because my kitchen counters have been overflowing with melons , so good has this summer's harvest been.
Pike's Farm Stand, which overflows with the season's harvest right up through Halloween, is a Hamptons institution.
The Mount Sterling Community Center overflowed with yuletide pride during the Dec 2, 2012, Christmas in the Village celebration.
"WE LIVE now in hard times, not end times", declared Jon Stewart to an overflowing crowd of some 200,000 ironic-sign-toting fans on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
The Community Shelter Board plans to lease the large building (background) for a winter overflow homeless center.
NEW YORK — Much of New York was plunged into darkness Monday by a superstorm that overflowed the - 9:47 pm.
The West Seattle Nursery Annual Holiday Open House is set for Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 11 am to 3 pm and this event in years past has been full to overflowing.
Cold weather overflow shelter open Tuesday – Friday.

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