Definition of Spill

1. Noun. Liquid that is spilled. "Clean up the spills"

Generic synonyms: Liquid

2. Verb. Cause or allow (a liquid substance) to run or flow from a container. "They spill the bread with melted butter"; "Splatter water"
Exact synonyms: Slop, Splatter
Related verbs: Disgorge, Shed, Run Out
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move
Derivative terms: Spillage, Spiller

3. Noun. A channel that carries excess water over or around a dam or other obstruction.
Exact synonyms: Spillway, Wasteweir
Generic synonyms: Conduit

4. Verb. Flow, run or fall out and become lost. "Water and oil spill into the bowl"; "The wine spilled onto the table"
Exact synonyms: Run Out
Related verbs: Slop, Splatter
Generic synonyms: Course, Feed, Flow, Run
Specialized synonyms: Brim Over, Overflow, Overrun, Run Over, Well Over

5. Noun. The act of allowing a fluid to escape.
Exact synonyms: Release, Spillage
Generic synonyms: Flow, Stream
Derivative terms: Release

6. Verb. Cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over. "Spill the beans all over the table"
Exact synonyms: Disgorge, Shed
Specialized synonyms: Seed
Related verbs: Slop, Splatter
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move

7. Noun. A sudden drop from an upright position. "He had a nasty spill on the ice"
Exact synonyms: Fall, Tumble
Specialized synonyms: Pratfall, Wipeout
Generic synonyms: Slip, Trip
Derivative terms: Fall, Fall, Fall, Tumble, Tumble, Tumble

8. Verb. Pour out in drops or small quantities or as if in drops or small quantities. "God shed His grace on Thee"
Exact synonyms: Pour Forth, Shed
Generic synonyms: Pour

9. Verb. Reveal information. "The former employee spilled all the details"
Exact synonyms: Talk
Related verbs: Babble, Babble Out, Blab, Blab Out, Let The Cat Out Of The Bag, Peach, Sing, Spill The Beans, Talk, Tattle
Generic synonyms: Tell
Derivative terms: Talk

10. Verb. Reduce the pressure of wind on (a sail).
Category relationships: Sailing
Generic synonyms: Bring Down, Cut, Cut Back, Cut Down, Reduce, Trim, Trim Back, Trim Down

Definition of Spill

1. n. A bit of wood split off; a splinter.

2. v. t. To cover or decorate with slender pieces of wood, metal, ivory, etc.; to inlay.

3. v. t. To destroy; to kill; to put an end to.

4. v. i. To be destroyed, ruined, or wasted; to come to ruin; to perish; to waste.

Definition of Spill

1. Verb. (transitive) To drop something so that it spreads out or makes a mess; to pour. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To spread out or fall out, as above ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To drop something that was intended to be caught. ¹

4. Noun. A mess of something that has been dropped. ¹

5. Noun. A fall or stumble. ¹

6. Noun. A small stick or piece of paper used to light a candle, cigarette etc by the transfer of a flame from a fire. ¹

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Definition of Spill

1. to cause to run out of a container [v SPILLED or SPILT, SPILLING, SPILLS]

Medical Definition of Spill

1. 1. To destroy; to kill; to put an end to. "And gave him to the queen, all at her will To choose whether she would him save or spill." (Chaucer) "Greater glory think [it] to save than spill." (Spenser) 2. To mar; to injure; to deface; hence, to destroy by misuse; to waste. "They [the colours] disfigure the stuff and spill the whole workmanship." (Puttenham) "Spill not the morning, the quintessence of day, in recreations." (Fuller) 3. To suffer to fall or run out of a vessel; to lose, or suffer to be scattered; applied to fluids and to substances whose particles are small and loose; as, to spill water from a pail; to spill quicksilver from a vessel; to spill powder from a paper; to spill sand or flour. Spill differs from pour in expressing accidental loss, a loss or waste contrary to purpose. 4. To cause to flow out and be lost or wasted; to shed, or suffer to be shed, as in battle or in manslaughter; as, a man spills another's blood, or his own blood. "And to revenge his blood so justly spilt." (Dryden) 5. 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. Spilling line, a rope used for spilling, or dislodging, the wind from the belly of a sail. Spill, n. An instance of spilling. Oil spill, an accidental release of oil, usually into the ocean, due to damage to an oil tanker or uncontrolled release from an underwater well. Origin: OE. Spillen,sually, to destroy, AS. Spillan, spildan, to destroy; akin to Icel. Spilla to destroy, Sw. Spilla to spill, Dan. Spilde,G. & D. Spillen to squander, OHG. Spildan. To cover or decorate with slender pieces of wood, metal, ivory, etc.; to inlay. Origin: Spilt; Spilling. 1. A bit of wood split off; a splinter. 2. A slender piece of anything. Specifically: A peg or pin for plugging a hole, as in a cask; a spile. A metallic rod or pin. A small roll of paper, or slip of wood, used as a lamplighter, etc. One of the thick laths or poles driven horizontally ahead of the main timbering in advancing a level in loose ground. 3. A little sum of money. Origin: Cf. Spell a splinter. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spill

spill (current term)
spill blood
spill ink
spill one's guts
spill out
spill over
spill the beans
spilled the beans

Literary usage of Spill

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1. Adventure Guide to the Inside Passage and Coastal Alaska by Lynn Readicker-Henderson (2002)
"This leaves, even at oil company estimates, 13% of the spill - 1.4 million gallons ... How Will the spill Affect You? Still, all is not doom and gloom. ..."

2. Inside Passage & Coastal Alaska by Lynn Readicker-Henderson (2006)
"Because of the spill, you're missing what Prince William Sound once was. ... Alternative Viewpoints The spill demonstrates two unfortunate features of human ..."

3. Adventure Guide to the Alaska Highway by Ed Readicker-Henderson (2001)
"The spill While it's not really fair to talk about the spill in the context of a chapter on Valdez, the fact is, this is where the ship went out, ..."

4. Ecology and Conservation of the Marbled Murrelet by C. John Ralph (1997)
"The Exxon Valdez oil spill affected regions of Alaska with some of the highest ... There is no doubt that the spill has been a contributing factor to ..."

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