What does spill mean?

Definitions for spill

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spillnoun

    liquid that is spilled

    "clean up the spills"

  2. spillway, spill, wasteweirnoun

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

  3. spill, spillage, releasenoun

    the act of allowing a fluid to escape

  4. spill, tumble, fallverb

    a sudden drop from an upright position

    "he had a nasty spill on the ice"

  5. spill, slop, splatterverb

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

    "spill the milk"; "splatter water"

  6. spill, run outverb

    flow, run or fall out and become lost

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

  7. spill, shed, disgorgeverb

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

    "spill the beans all over the table"

  8. spill, shed, pour forthverb

    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, talkverb

    reveal information

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

  10. spillverb

    reduce the pressure of wind on (a sail)


  1. spillnoun

    A mess of something that has been dropped.

  2. spillnoun

    A fall or stumble.

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

  3. spillnoun

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

  4. spillverb

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

    I spilled some sticky juice onto the kitchen floor.

  5. spillverb

    To spread out or fall out, as above

    Some sticky juice spilled onto the kitchen floor.

  6. spillverb

    To drop something that was intended to be caught.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spillnoun

    a bit of wood split off; a splinter

  2. Spillnoun

    a slender piece of anything

  3. Spillnoun

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

  4. Spillnoun

    a metallic rod or pin

  5. Spillnoun

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

  6. Spillnoun

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

  7. Spillnoun

    a little sum of money

  8. Spillverb

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

  9. Spillverb

    to destroy; to kill; to put an end to

  10. Spillverb

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

  11. Spillverb

    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. Spillverb

    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. Spillverb

    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. Spillverb

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

  15. Spillverb

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

  16. Etymology: [OE. spillen, usually, to destroy, AS. spillan, spildan, to destroy; akin to Icel. spilla to destroy, Sw. spilla to spill, Dan. spilde, LG. & D. spillen to squander, OHG. spildan.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spill

    spil, v.t. to allow to run out of a vessel: to shed: to waste: (coll.) to throw from a vehicle or the saddle: to empty the belly of a sail of wind for reefing.—v.i. to be shed: to be allowed to fall, be lost, or wasted:—pa.t. and pa.p. spilled, spilt.—n. a fall, a throw: a downpour.—ns. Spill′er; Spill′ing-line, a rope for spilling the wind out of a square sail to facilitate reefing or furling; Spill′-stream, a stream formed by overflow water, a bayou; Spill′way, a passage for overflow-water from a dam. [A.S. spillan; Dut. spillen, Ice. spilla, to destroy.]

  2. Spill

    spil, n. a small peg or pin to stop a hole: a thin strip of wood or twisted paper for lighting a candle, a pipe, &c.—n. Spill′ikin, one of a number of small pieces of wood, ivory, &c. for playing a game with: the game played—also Spil′kin. [A.S. speld, a torch; cf. Ger. spalten, to cleave, Dut. speld, a splinter.]

Editors Contribution

  1. spillnoun

    An action of spilling something, especially a liquid.

    The glass of water gave a spill on the floor.

    Submitted by zaki1409 on June 19, 2022  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spill in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spill in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of spill in a Sentence

  1. Kemal Kilicdaroglu:

    The battle in parliament will most likely be tougher in the coming days because they want to limit our right to speak by changing the internal bylaws and it is impossible for us to tolerate this, therefore this battle will get tougher, and it may even spill over to the streets.

  2. Fergus Ryan:

    They're allowed to conduct campaigns, they're able to organize online... so that happens in China within the Great Firewall, and then we see also it spill out into the wider Internet.

  3. Rachel Beck:

    I ate with a bib on so as not to spill taco meat all over my white dress, so that probably looked even stranger.

  4. Middle East:

    In some areas of the country there are real rumblings beneath the surface, pockets of misery, that have the potential to spill and blow up into something.

  5. Kim Carr:

    In a year that has been filled with incredibly challenging issues this oil spill constitutes one of the most devastating situations that our community has dealt with in decades, we are doing everything in our power to protect the health and safety of our residents, our visitors and our natural habitats.

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Translations for spill

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  • دلق, أسجم, أراقArabic
  • vessarCatalan, Valencian
  • spildeDanish
  • verschütten, schüttenGerman
  • derramarSpanish
  • läikkyä, kaataa, läikyttää, läikkyminen, levitä, päästää, putoaminenFinnish
  • renverser, déversement, déverser, répandreFrench
  • borít, önt, szórHungarian
  • թափվելArmenian
  • tumpahanIndonesian
  • versare, rovesciareItalian
  • 零れる, 零すJapanese
  • ღვრაGeorgian
  • morsen, gemorsteDutch
  • versarOccitan
  • derramarPortuguese
  • vărsaRomanian
  • рассы́паться, проли́ться, просыпа́ться, рассыпа́ться, проли́ть, рассы́пать, разли́ться, разлива́ть, просыпа́ть, разли́ть, пролива́ть, просы́пать, разлива́ться, рассыпа́ть, пролива́ться, просы́патьсяRussian
  • spilla, spillSwedish
  • trànVietnamese
  • Chinese

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    established or prearranged unalterably
    • A. foreordained
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    • C. equivalent
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