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Computing a condition that occurs when numeric operations produce results too large to store in the register available



a barrier across which a stream of water flows; in hydraulic engineering an overflow is called a spillway, with water flowing freely over its crest. In order to guide the flow, rectangular openings bounded on the sides by abutments or intermediate walls (piers) are made in the crest. A distinction is made among overflows with narrow or broad ramps and with an ogee section built to match the coordinates of a freely falling stream and having maximum carrying capacity. An ogee-section overflow can be of the vacuum type (if the pres-sure on the ramp beneath the stream is less than atmospheric pressure) or the nonvacuum type (if the pressure is greater than atmospheric pressure). Overflows used in laboratory and hydrometric work to measure water flow rate are called meter overflows.


(civil engineering)
Any device or structure that conducts excess water or sewage from a conduit or container.
(computer science)
The condition that arises when the result of an arithmetic operation exeeds the storage capacity of the indicated result-holding storage.
That part of the result which exceeds the storage capacity.
(science and technology)
Excess liquid which overflows its given limits.

overflow, overflow pipe

overflow, 2
overflow, 1
1. A pipe used to remove excess water and/or to prevent flooding in certain sanitary fixtures, storage tanks, and plumbing fittings.
2. An outlet for a storage tank; used to prevent flooding or to set the water level in the tank.
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Figure 1 shows a three-stage Clos network with a system of overflow links in the first stage of the network.
The Municipality called upon all concerned parties to ensure the cleanliness of the environment through proper maintenance of drainage systems and to avoid sewage overflow.
Official Thomas Bell said: "There is no limit on the sewage which can come out of these overflows.
Currently, public notification of sewer overflows is governed by a variety of federal regulations, state laws and local initiatives aimed at limiting human exposure to discharges.
The wastewater treatment industry argues that bypassing biological treatment for a portion of the water is a significant improvement over releasing completely untreated wastewater, which is what happens when combined sewers overflow.
Then one nitrogen gas valve is opened, allowing gas into the part, while the overflow valve on the opposite end of the part is opened to receive melt displaced by the gas.
Improving the sewer overflow and putting screens in place will help to protect the river from pollution such as rags and paper that could get into the river during storm conditions.
Congress first made reference to the EPA's sewer overflow control policy in the 2000 Wet Weather Water Quality Act, and the recent directive is the lawmakers' first interpretation of that statute.
John Boehner, R-Ohio, chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, that the overflow of money does not mean NCLB is adequately traded.
In addition to potential operating cost savings, a method of reducing construction time and costs was trialled for installing the concrete overflow chamber.
Your lawyer could argue tanks do not overflow without negligence.
Data-Tel's California Compliance/Overflow Agent module accomplishes this by providing an option for calls that might otherwise be abandoned to be re-routed to designated Overflow Agents.