• WordNet 3.6
    • v overtop look down on "The villa dominates the town"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Overtop To go beyond; to transcend; to transgress. "If kings presume to overtop the law by which they reign, . . . they are by law to be reduced into order."
    • Overtop To make of less importance, or throw into the background, by superior excellence; to dwarf; to obscure.
    • Overtop To rise above the top of; to exceed in height; to tower above. "To o'ertop old Pelion."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overtop To rise above or beyond the top of.
    • overtop To overstep; exceed.
    • overtop To excel; surpass; outstrip.
    • overtop To rise above others; throw others into the shade.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Overtop ō-vėr-top′ to rise over the top of: to make of less importance: to surpass: to obscure.
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In literature:

His worship overtops his love.
"The Pirate Woman" by Aylward Edward Dingle
The Vicar of Aufhausen he overtopped by a head, and all his limbs were coarse and uncouth.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
After tea we ascended to Auerbach Castle, which occupies a hill above the town, still far overtopped, however, by the height of Melibocus.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 4, September, 1850" by Various
A wide vista of rolling green fields stretched away to a range of foothills, overtopped in the far distance by snow mountains.
"Lord Stranleigh Abroad" by Robert Barr
Indignation now overtopped all barriers, and a shower of stones and arrows suddenly fell upon the unhappy monarch.
"Hernando Cortez" by John S. C. Abbott
Ivo was particularly pleased to see a fine walnut-tree flourishing in front of it, under the protection of the overtopping hill-side.
"Black Forest Village Stories" by Berthold Auerbach
They run up swiftly, as straight as a rod, till they overtop the veterans.
"With Wolseley to Kumasi" by F.S. Brereton
When standing he overtopped every man in a regiment of six-footers.
"Chiquita, an American Novel" by Merrill Tileston
He had scarcely set his foot on the floor, before he overtopped the bench.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 354, April 1845" by Various
The sacredness of humanity is gradually overtopping the prerogatives of class.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 99, January, 1866" by Various

In poetry:

And every creek a banker ran,
And dams filled overtop;
"We’ll all be rooned," said Hanrahan,
"If this rain doesn’t stop."
"Said Hanrahan" by John O Brien
No end to it: as fast as he could praise
The Other grew, and overtopped it all.
Rustics, stopping near the foot to gaze,
Would see a lonely madman, high and small,
"The Stylite" by Rainer Maria Rilke

In news:

The evening moon glows overtop of the old Sun Tower.
Flooding from an overtopped levee inundated the community of Braithwaite, La.
At 9 am, Kenner officials were aware of one drainage canal in the city that had overtopped its banks because of Hurricane Isaac, according to Chief Administrative Officer Mike Quigley.
He said a ride-through of the city revealed that there was some overtopping of the canal at Loyola Drive and Joe Yenni Boulelvard.
Agnes was also wearing a winter coat made of brown leather overtop of a light brown sweater.
Does anyone realize that that thin little seawall being overtopped by splashing waves was the only thing holding back the ocean from inundating the entire city with fifteen feet of water.
Come along with me … overtop a pylon .
Yazoo Backwater Levee will be overtopped.
Gov Bobby Jindal's chief coastal adviser said Wednesday that a deliberate breach will have to be cut in a soggy levee near Braithwaite which was overtopped with Hurricane Isaac floodwaters.
Lava overtopped a seaside cliff in Hawaii this weekend, sending up spectacular steam plumes caught on video and in pictures by a camera crew aboard a helicopter.
Lava overtopped a seaside cliff in Hawaii this weekend, sending up spectacular steam plumes caught on video and in pictures by a camera crew aboard a helicopter.
Officials said the evacuation was ordered out of concern that more storm surge from Isaac would be pushed into the area and levees might be overtopped.

In science:

Simulation of wave overtopping by an incompressible SPH model.
Direct Numerical Simulation of decaying two-dimensional turbulence in a no-slip square box using Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics