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Translation of overflow in Spanish:

intransitive verb

American English: /ˌoʊvərˈfloʊ/
British English: /əʊvəˈfləʊ/
  • 1
    the party had overflowed into the garden
    la fiesta se había extendido al jardín
    overflowing ashtrays
    ceniceros rebosantes de colillas
    to fill something to overflowing
    llenar algo hasta el borde
    Example sentences
    • After the river water overflowed the banks, it proceeded northward.
    • If a heavy rain fills the reservoir, the water overflows into a perforated pipe that zigzags under the garden.
    • Suddenly realizing that the water was overflowing, she poured out a bit and wiped off the edges of the mug with a cloth.
    Example sentences
    • My shelves are full, my bookcase is full, my drawers are overflowing, I have a zillion boxes of stuff and yet more stuff all over the floor.
    • Not only was my Green Box overflowing, but next to it were two black sacks full of paper.
    • Common failings included forgotten scraps of food in refrigerators, fridges not being at the required temperature and waste bins overflowing.
  • 2 (be more than full of)to overflow with somethingthe house is overflowing with junk
    la casa está hasta el techo de cachivaches
    she was overflowing with happiness

transitive verb

American English: /ˌoʊvərˈfloʊ/
British English: /əʊvəˈfləʊ/
  • 1 (flow over) the river overflowed its banks
    el río desbordó su cauce or se salió de madre


American English: /ˈoʊvərˌfloʊ/
British English: /ˈəʊvəfləʊ/
  • 1 uncountable and countable (excess) we put a bowl there to catch the overflow
    pusimos un bol para recoger el líquido que se derramaba or que salía
    the overflow from the church stood outside
    los que no cabían en la iglesia se quedaron fuera
    (before noun) overflow meeting
    (reunión organizada para dar cabida al excedente de asistentes a la reunión principal)
  • 2 countable (outlet)
    rebosadero (masculine)
    (before noun) overflow pipe
    tubo (masculine) de desagüe
    Example sentences
    • When we checked with the building department, the local inspector told us that the water heater is correctly installed and that the overflow pipe complies with the intent of the building code.
    • Position the valve so that the overflow pipe is next to the ballcock.
    • Owing to these considerations, I am still persuaded that exterior termination of the overflow pipe is the more practical solution.
  • 3 (Computing)
    Example sentences
    • This may result in unexpected application behavior, accessing a defunct application, incomplete database records or buffer overflow.
    • A properly exploited buffer overflow could allow a hacker to gain root, or superuser, access to a Sendmail server.
    • For example, a single application may require a host server along with dedicated servers for testing, quality control, overflow, mirroring, and so on.
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