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[v. oh-ver-top; n. oh-ver-top] /v. ˌoʊ vərˈtɒp; n. ˈoʊ vərˌtɒp/
verb (used with object), overtopped, overtopping.
to rise over or above the top of:
a skyscraper that overtops all the other buildings.
to rise above in authority; take precedence over; override:
No individual shall overtop the law.
to surpass or excel:
a rise in sales that overtopped everyone in the industry.
a top, sometimes sleeveless, designed to be worn over another garment, as a shirt or dress.
Origin of overtop
1555-65; over- + top1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for overtop
  • Flowers are about a half inch long, white with purple bases, and produce numerous stamens that overtop the petals.
  • Long narrow leaves arise mostly from the base of the stem but do not overtop the flowers.
  • Grayish feathery leaves resembling those of the carrot overtop the flowering heads, which are less than a half inch wide.
  • Leaves are smooth, and slightly overtop the flowers.
  • In more serious flood events, levees can fail or overtop.
  • When levees overtop or fail, the flooding that follows can be catastrophic.
  • As ocean levels rise, coastal storm flooding is able to reach farther inland and overtop low-lying dunes more frequently.
  • Flood volume and discharge estimates were made for several landslide generated floods that could overtop the dam.
  • The lateral flowers often overtop the terminal flowers.
  • The flood may overtop levees and failures are possible.
British Dictionary definitions for overtop


verb (transitive) -tops, -topping, -topped
to exceed in height
to surpass; excel
to rise over the top of
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Word Origin and History for overtop

1560s, from over- + top (v.). Related: Overtopped; overtopping.

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