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OVERFLOW (overflown)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does overflow mean? 

OVERFLOW (noun)
  The noun OVERFLOW has 2 senses:

1. a large flow
2. the occurrence of surplus liquid (as water) exceeding the limit or capacity

  Familiarity information: OVERFLOW used as a noun is rare.


OVERFLOW (verb)
  The verb OVERFLOW has 2 senses:

1. flow or run over (a limit or brim)
2. overflow with a certain feeling

  Familiarity information: OVERFLOW used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


OVERFLOW (noun)


Sense 1overflow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A large flow

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

overflow; flood; outpouring

Hypernyms ("overflow" is a kind of...):

flow; stream (the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "overflow"):

effusion (flow under pressure)


Sense 2overflow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The occurrence of surplus liquid (as water) exceeding the limit or capacity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

runoff; overflow; overspill

Hypernyms ("overflow" is a kind of...):

flow; flowing (the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases))


OVERFLOW (verb)


Sense 1overflow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Flow or run over (a limit or brim)

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

brim over; overflow; well over; run over; overrun

Hypernyms (to "overflow" is one way to...):

run out; spill (flow, run or fall out and become lost)

"Overflow" entails doing...:

course; feed; flow; run (move along, of liquids)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "overflow"):

geyser (to overflow like a geyser)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 2overflow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Overflow with a certain feeling

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

bubble over; spill over; overflow

Context examples:

The children bubbled over with joy / My boss was bubbling over with anger

Hypernyms (to "overflow" is one way to...):

boil; seethe (be in an agitated emotional state)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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