Variant of spill
- 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
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