One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘cream overflowed the edges of the shallow dish’
spill over, flow over, run over, brim over, well over, slop over, slosh over, pour forth, stream forth, flood, discharge, surge, debouch
1‘a ball valve failure would lead to tank overflow in the loft’
overspill, spill, spillage, flood, flooding, inundation, excess water
2‘to accommodate the overflow, five more offices have been built’
surplus, excess, additional people, additional things, extra people, extra things, remainder, overabundance, overspill
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