AskDefine | Define overflow

Dictionary Definition



1 a large flow [syn: flood, outpouring]
2 the occurrence of surplus liquid (as water) exceeding the limit or capacity [syn: runoff, overspill]


1 flow or run over (a limit or brim) [syn: overrun, well over, run over, brim over]
2 overflow with a certain feeling; "The children bubbled over with joy"; "My boss was bubbling over with anger" [syn: bubble over, spill over] [also: overflown]

User Contributed Dictionary



over + flow


  1. The spillage resultant from overflow; excess.



  1. To fill beyond the limits of a container or system.
  2. To compute a number outside the range of a register which is holding it.


Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Overflow may refer to:


  • Overflow condition, a situation that occurs when more information is being transmitted than the hardware can handle
  • arithmetic overflow, a condition that occurs when a calculation produces a result that is greater than what a given register can store or represent
  • stack overflow in which a computer program makes too many subroutine calls and its call stack runs out of space
  • Buffer overflow, a situation whereby the incoming data size exceeds that which can be accommodated by a buffer
  • 0verflow, a Japanese eroge developer
  • Overflow (software), a NASA-developed computational fluid dynamics program using overset (Chimera) grids
  • Overflow,a punk band from Koprivnica,Hrvatska


  • Porcelator, a drain in a sink to reduce the likelihood of water spillage, termed an "overflow" in the UK
  • Sanitary sewer overflow, a condition whereby untreated sewage is discharged into the environment, escaping wastewater treatment
overflow in German: Overflow
overflow in Korean: 오버플로
overflow in Italian: Overflow
overflow in Japanese: オーバーフロー

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