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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

spillspɪl(v.)spilled; spilt, spill•ing

  1. (v.t.)to cause or allow to run or fall from a container, esp. accidentally or wastefully:

    to spill a glass of milk.

  2. to shed (blood), as in killing or wounding.

  3. to scatter:

    to spill papers all over the floor.

  4. to let the wind out of (a sail). to lose (wind) from a sail.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  5. to cause to fall from a horse, vehicle, or the like.

  6. to divulge:

    to spill a secret.

    Category: Informal

  7. (v.i.)(of a liquid, loose particles, etc.) to run or escape from a container, as by careless handling.

  8. to move in great numbers; pour out:

    The children spilled into the playground.

  9. (n.)a spilling, as of liquid.

  10. a quantity spilled.

  11. Category: Civil Engineering

    Ref: spillway.

  12. Also called spill′ light`. superfluous or useless light rays, as from photographic lighting units.

    Category: Photography

  13. a throw or fall from a horse, vehicle, or the like.

Origin of spill:

bef. 950; OE spillan, c. MD, MLG spillen, akin to OE spildan to destroy



  1. a splinter.

  2. a slender piece of wood or of twisted paper, for lighting candles, lamps, etc.

  3. a peg made of metal.

    Category: Building Trades

  4. a small pin for stopping a cask; spile.

Origin of spill:

1250–1300; ME spille

Princeton's WordNet

  1. spill(noun)

    liquid that is spilled

    "clean up the spills"

  2. spillway, spill, wasteweir(noun)

    a channel that carries excess water over or around a dam or other obstruction

  3. spill, spillage, release(noun)

    the act of allowing a fluid to escape

  4. spill, tumble, fall(verb)

    a sudden drop from an upright position

    "he had a nasty spill on the ice"

  5. spill, slop, splatter(verb)

    cause or allow (a liquid substance) to run or flow from a container

    "spill the milk"; "splatter water"

  6. spill, run out(verb)

    flow, run or fall out and become lost

    "The milk spilled across the floor"; "The wine spilled onto the table"

  7. spill, shed, disgorge(verb)

    cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over

    "spill the beans all over the table"

  8. spill, shed, pour forth(verb)

    pour out in drops or small quantities or as if in drops or small quantities

    "shed tears"; "spill blood"; "God shed His grace on Thee"

  9. spill, talk(verb)

    reveal information

    "If you don't oblige me, I'll talk!"; "The former employee spilled all the details"

  10. spill(verb)

    reduce the pressure of wind on (a sail)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. spill(verb)ɪl

    to accidentally let liquid out of a container, or to come out of a container accidentally

    He spilled his coffee on the table.; The wine spilled all over me.; chemicals spilling out into the water supply

  2. spillɪl

    (of a large number of people) to come out of a building at the same time

    Theater goers spilled out into the street.

  3. spill(noun)ɪl

    the act of spilling sth

    She got a towel to clean up the spill.; an oil spill in the bay


  1. spill(Noun)

    A mess of something that has been dropped.

  2. spill(Noun)

    A fall or stumble.

    The bruise is from a bad spill he had last week.

  3. spill(Noun)

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

  4. spill(Verb)

    To drop something so that it spreads out or makes a mess; to pour.

    I spilled some sticky juice onto the kitchen floor.

  5. spill(Verb)

    To spread out or fall out, as above

    Some sticky juice spilled onto the kitchen floor.

  6. spill(Verb)

    To drop something that was intended to be caught.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spill(noun)

    a bit of wood split off; a splinter

  2. Spill(noun)

    a slender piece of anything

  3. Spill(noun)

    a peg or pin for plugging a hole, as in a cask; a spile

  4. Spill(noun)

    a metallic rod or pin

  5. Spill(noun)

    a small roll of paper, or slip of wood, used as a lamplighter, etc

  6. Spill(noun)

    one of the thick laths or poles driven horizontally ahead of the main timbering in advancing a level in loose ground

  7. Spill(noun)

    a little sum of money

  8. Spill(verb)

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

  9. Spill(verb)

    to destroy; to kill; to put an end to

  10. Spill(verb)

    to mar; to injure; to deface; hence, to destroy by misuse; to waste

  11. Spill(verb)

    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

  12. Spill(verb)

    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

  13. Spill(verb)

    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

  14. Spill(verb)

    to be destroyed, ruined, or wasted; to come to ruin; to perish; to waste

  15. Spill(verb)

    to be shed; to run over; to fall out, and be lost or wasted

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spill' in Verbs Frequency: #915

Anagrams of spill

  1. pills

Translations for spill

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to (cause something to) fall or run out (usually accidentally)

He spilt milk on the floor; Vegetables spilled out of the burst bag.

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