• (RP)
    • (noun) enPR: ōʹvə-flō, IPA: /ˈəʊvəˌfləʊ/
    • (verb) enPR: ō-və-flōʹ, IPA: /ˌəʊvəˈfləʊ/
  • (America)
    • (noun) enPR: ōʹvər-flō, IPA: /ˈoʊvɚˌfloʊ/
    • (verb) enPR: ō-vər-flōʹ, IPA: /ˌoʊvɚˈfloʊ/


  1. The spillage resultant from overflow; excess.
  2. Outlet for escape of excess material.
  3. (computing) The situation where a value exceeds the available numeric range.
Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: overflow, transbordamento

overflow (overflows, present participle overflowing; past overflowed, past participle overflowed)

  1. (transitive) To flow over the brim of (a container).
    The river overflowed the levee.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, 1 Chronicles 12:15 ↗:
      Theſe are they that went ouer Ioꝛden in the firſt moneth, when it had ouerflowen all his* bankes, and they put to flight all them of the valleis, both toward the Eaſt, and toward the Weſt.
  2. (transitive) To cover with a liquid, literally or figuratively.
    The flash flood overflowed most of the parkland and some homes.
  3. (transitive) To cause an overflow.
  4. (intransitive) To flow over the edge of a container.
    The waters overflowed into the Ninth Ward.
  5. (intransitive) To exceed limits or capacity.
    The hospital ER was overflowing with flu cases.
    1. (computing, ambitransitive) To (cause to) exceed the available numeric range.
      Calculating 255+1 will overflow an eight-bit byte.
  6. (intransitive) To be superabundant; to abound.
Translations Translations Translations
  • Italian: ridondare
  • Russian: переполня́ться

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