overtopping


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overtopping

[′ō·vər‚täp·iŋ]
(civil engineering)
The flow of water over a dam or embankment.
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"These winds will lead to large waves affecting coasts and the possibility of waves overtopping some coastal routes, especially in the west and south of the warning area.
Overtopping them as well tends to be over the top, resulting in many trees eventually dying.
Duke Energy announced that the rising Cape Fear River is overtopping the cooling lake at the L.V.
"Note that these winds will also lead to large waves, and spray and overtopping around some coasts.
Wind and wave conditions combined with the high tide are likely to cause wave overtopping and spray at Whitley Sands Cafe throughout the period between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.
The warning said: "Wave overtopping is likely at these times, although conditions may apply two to four hours either side of high tide.
According to the available statistics, over half of the cases of embankment dam break are caused by a dam overtopping; that is, dam overtopping is the main reason that dam breaks occur.
Overtopping creates a hardship for the locals as the bridge is the only stream crossing available.
They cover the history of modern berm breakwaters; the classification and types of berm breakwaters; predicting stability and reshaping; functional behavior: wave overtopping, reflections, and transmissions; the geometrical design of the cross-section; armourstone and quarrying; construction; geometrical design into practice; and constructed examples.
The promenade was also closed for nearly four hours on Tuesday because of a risk of overtopping on to the walkways.
Is not the spillway there, in the event of the reservoir becoming overfull, to bleed off the excess water and prevent overtopping, and subsequent failure, of the dam wall?