Definition of overspill in English:



mass noun
  • 1British The action or result of spilling over or spreading into another area.

    ‘there was an extra bed for the overspill of sleepers’
    • ‘Not uncommonly there is no bed because of overspill from the medical wards on to the surgical wards, as in winter bed crises, and the operation is postponed for weeks or months.’
    • ‘That could have been avoided to a significant extent, if not entirely, by cutting and loading the clay directly into barges in some areas and by restricting the period during which overspill was allowed to continue in others.’
    • ‘This also needed to be monitored in residential areas to make sure there was no overspill.’
    • ‘‘In games like that there's going to be times when there's a bit of tension overspill, it's one of those things,’ he said of the brawl, which involved several players from either side’
    • ‘He built a villa nearby in 1949, on the ruins of a Nazi bunker, and any overspill of house guests would be mopped up by the Splen-dee-do, as American clients still insist on pronouncing it.’
    • ‘These visitors, and the almost certain overspill of residents' cars, will obviously park on Stonyhurst Avenue, to the further inconvenience and safety of local residents.’
    • ‘On ground level is a studio for meetings, rehearsals, exhibitions, children's shows and overspill from the small café-bar that opens on to the lane outside in the summer.’
    • ‘An overspill from the pub sat on the wall opposite with pints and ghetto-blasters and a dozen pairs of runners hung by their laces from the telegraph wires overhead.’
    • ‘Be it climate change, landfill overspill, or any other problem the time is here to hit the filth-monger very, very hard through the taxation system.’
    • ‘Box up and stow away any overspill of ornaments and act like an obsessively tidy person, neatly fold and put away until you've exchanged contracts.’
    • ‘It might be suitable for a single piece of sculptural overspill.’
    • ‘A Braintree commuter first reported the problem of overspill from the site on to the railway line at Mill Hill last July.’
    • ‘The overspill of rain water in winter is a danger to pedestrians, quite apart from the embarrassing appearance.’
    • ‘The cold snap has turned the bins' overspill into a welcome fast food source for the rat.’
    • ‘They have also complained to the parish council about noise disturbance at night related to functions at the village hall and the use of the Laurel Croft parking areas as an overspill from the main car park.’
    • ‘Parapet walls are normally associated with lead-lined parapet gutters which are prone to overspill when blocked, wetting the brickwork below and which will leak if the lead splits or if the steps are too shallow.’
    • ‘Make sure you are holding the rod in case the carp feels the hook and bolts, and make sure you have your thumb on the drum of the centrepin to avoid overspill as it spins fast round as line is taken.’
    • ‘Now color in all the areas, with the red pen, that actually contain water and a full two centimeters to all sides, to allow for overspill.’
    • ‘The overspill from the A & E was packing the corridors, it was bedlam.’
    • ‘It is also one of the biggest television buyers in Northern Ireland, ensuring maximum overspill into the Republic's multichannel viewers.’
    1. 1.1A surplus population moving or forced to move from an overcrowded area to a less heavily populated one.
      ‘organizing arrangements for overspill from the cities’
      • ‘All its 250 staff had to move to temporary overspill offices on the former Transco site at Heworth Green.’
      • ‘The authorities must take the blame for this for turning a blind eye to the town being used as a dumping ground for overspill areas, so we now have anti-social behaviour on a scale that many inner city areas never even see.’
      • ‘Norris Green was one of the first overspill areas built after the war.’
      • ‘Georges Quay will have some overspill space and it remains to be seen what happens with Spencer Dock.’
      • ‘The arts and social science faculties of Paris university had been moved to an overspill site on the former shanty town of Nanterre in 1964, and had grown from 4,000 to 15,000 students by the autumn of 1967.’
      • ‘The former Manchester council overspill estate has been transformed thanks to multi-million pound investment and the work of local people.’
      • ‘New Addington's not a bad council estate, as overspill estates go, but it is enormous and somewhat lacking in character.’
      • ‘Created as one of the postwar new towns, it was first populated as an east London overspill.’
      • ‘Are we being offered a relief road only on the condition that Leeds can build between 550/800 houses (which figure is correct?) creating an overspill area for Leeds?’
      • ‘The Business Academy, Bexley, which serves the south-east London overspill estates of Thamesmead and Erith, is the first of a new type of secondary school.’
      • ‘There is, however, strong evidence to show that the present great Fulmar spread is not of St Kildan birds, but a population overspill from Iceland.’
      • ‘By 1960 the nurseries had moved out to the south coast around Worthing or had sold up for Greater London overspill housing.’
      • ‘Walthamstow is like any other anonymous London suburb flourishing from the overspill of city dwellers from areas such as Islington and Hackney.’
      • ‘There are a lot of people around that one would have thought would have ended up in Provence, plus a lot of overspill from the Dordogne.’
      • ‘People think it is some kind of overspill of London and don't realise the fantastic scenery.’
      • ‘If the decisions are incorrect or made for the wrong reasons, they can transform a pleasant and attractive area into a sprawling mass of houses which will be far worse than the original Salford overspill.’
      • ‘The Greater London Council was developing big new housing estates in the town to accommodate the London overspill.’
      • ‘Like many people in this town she and her husband were part of the London overspill in the 60s.’
      • ‘It was very useful for overspill, which is why its character has changed.’
      • ‘Cumbernauld lies 13 miles north from Glasgow, and was developed from 1956 to accommodate Glasgow's overspill.’
      overspill, spill, spillage, flood, flooding, inundation, excess water
      surplus, excess, additional people, additional things, extra people, extra things, remainder, overabundance, overspill