- The definition of a spill is a fall, or an instance where you cause liquid or some other substance to come out of its container.
- When you tumble down stairs, this is an example of when you take a spill.
- When you knock over your glass and soda goes everywhere, the soda is an example of a spill.
- Spill is to empty out on a surface, to overflow over the edge of a container, or to cause a liquid to overflow, or to reveal a secret, or to leave somewhere quickly as part of a big group.
- When all of the pennies come out of the penny jar and onto the table, this is an example of when they spill out onto a table.
- When a pot overflows and water comes over the edge, this is an example of when water spills over.
- When you accidentally knock over the glass containing your soda, this is an example of when you spill.
- When you accidentally blurt out your friend's secret to her husband, this is an example of when you spill the secret.
- When a huge crowd all leaves a movie theatre at once, this is an example of when the crowd spills out.
spill definition by Webster's New World
- to allow or cause, esp. unintentionally or accidentally, to run, fall, or flow over from a container, usually so as to result in loss or waste: who spilled the milk?
- to shed (blood)
- to empty the wind from (a sail)
- to lessen the pressure of (wind) on a sail
- to scatter at random from a receptacle or container
- to cause or allow (a rider, load, etc.) to fall off; throw off
- Informal to let (something secret) become known; divulge
- to kill
- to destroy or ruin
- to squander; waste
Origin: Middle English spillen ; from Old English spillan, to destroy, squander, akin to Middle High German spillen, to split ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)p(h)el-, to split, split off from source spall, Classical Latin spolium
- the act of spilling
- the amount spilled
- a fall or tumble, as from a horse or from a vertical position
- a splinter
- a splinter, thin roll of paper, etc., set on fire and used to light a pipe, candle, etc.
- a paper cone or roll used as a container
- a small plug for stopping up a hole; spile
- a small metal peg, pin, or rod
Origin: Middle English spille, probably via dialect, dialectal spil ; from Old Norse spila, a splinter, akin to spile
spill definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb spilled spilled or spilt , spill·ing, spills verb, transitive
- To cause or allow (a substance) to run or fall out of a container.
- To scatter (objects) from containment: spilled the armload of books on the desk.
- To shed (blood).
- Nautical a. To relieve the pressure of wind on (a sail).b. To cause or allow (wind) to be lost from a sail.
- To cause to fall: The rider was spilled by his horse.
- Informal To disclose (something previously unknown); divulge: The witness spilled all the details about the suspect.
- To run or fall out of a container or containment.
- To come to the ground suddenly and involuntarily.
- To pour out or spread beyond limits: Fans spilled onto the playing field.
- The act of spilling.
- An amount spilled.
- A fall, as from a horse.
- A spillway.
Origin: Middle English spillen, to shed blood, to spill, from Old English spillan, to kill.
- spillˈer noun
- A piece of wood or rolled paper used to light a fire.
- A small peg or rod, especially one used as a plug; a spile.
Origin: Middle English spille.
spill - Phrases/Idioms
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