Spill definition

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The act of spilling.
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To cause or allow (wind) to be lost from a sail.
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To lessen the pressure of (wind) on (a sail) as by reducing the area of sail being acted upon.
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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.

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A piece of wood or rolled paper used to light a fire.
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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.

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To cause to fall.

The rider was spilled by his horse.

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(informal) To disclose (something previously unknown); divulge.

The witness spilled all the details about the suspect.

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To relieve the pressure of wind on (a sail).
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To run or fall out of a container or containment.
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To come to the ground suddenly and involuntarily.
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To pour out or spread beyond limits.

Fans spilled onto the playing field.

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A fall, as from a horse.
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A spillway.
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A small peg or rod, especially one used as a plug; a spile.
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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?

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To shed (blood)
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To scatter at random from a receptacle or container.
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To cause or allow (a rider, load, etc.) to fall off; throw off.
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(informal) To let (something secret) become known; divulge.
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To kill.
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To destroy or ruin.
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To squander; waste.
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To be spilled from a container; overflow; run out.
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The act of spilling.
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The amount spilled.
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A fall or tumble, as from a horse or from a vertical position.
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A splinter, thin roll of paper, etc., set on fire and used to light a pipe, candle, etc.
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A paper cone or roll used as a container.
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To drop something so that it spreads out or makes a mess; to pour.

I spilled some sticky juice on the kitchen floor.

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(intransitive) To spread out or fall out, as above.

Some sticky juice spilled onto the kitchen floor.

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To drop something that was intended to be caught.
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To mar; to damage; to destroy by misuse; to waste.
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To cause to flow out and be lost or wasted; to shed.
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To cover or decorate with slender pieces of wood, metal, ivory, etc.; to inlay.

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(nautical) To relieve a sail from the pressure of the wind, so that it can be more easily reefed or furled, or to lessen the strain.
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(countable) A mess of something that has been dropped.
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The bruise is from a bad spill he had last week.

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A small stick or piece of paper used to light a candle, cigarette etc by the transfer of a flame from a fire.
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A slender piece of anything.
  • A peg or pin for plugging a hole, as in a cask; a spile.
  • A metallic rod or pin.
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(mining) One of the thick laths or poles driven horizontally ahead of the main timbering in advancing a level in loose ground.
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(Australia, politics) A declaration that the leadership of a parliamentary party is vacant, and open for re-election. Short form of leadership spill.
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To cause or allow (a substance) to run or fall out of a container.
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To scatter (objects) from containment.

Spilled the armload of books on the desk.

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To shed (blood).
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An amount spilled.
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spill one's guts
  • to divulge everything one knows or reveal all one's personal problems
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spill over
  • to overflow in superabundance or excess
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
spill
Plural:
spills

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of spill

  • Middle English spillen to shed blood, to spill from Old English spillan to kill

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English spille

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English spillan.

    From Wiktionary