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O'erflow, vb. 1) intr. a) to swell and run over the banks: “the --ing Nilus,” Ant. I, 2, 49. Metaphorically, == to abound: “to make the coming hour o. with joy and pleasure drown the brim,” All's II, 4, 47.
b) to have too much water, to be drowned: “when heaven doth weep, doth not the earth o.?” Tit. III, 1, 222.
2) trans. a) to swell over, to overrun, to inundate, to drown: “who, being stopped, the bounding banks --s,” Lucr. 1119. “he that in this action contrives against his own nobility, in his proper stream --s himself,” All's IV, 3, 30. “this dotage --s the measure,” Ant. I, 1, 2. “the earth, fearing to be --ed,” Per. IV, 4, 40.
b) to stream with, to pour out in abundance: “such brooks are welcome to me, that o. such liquor,” Wiv. II, 2, 157.
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