What does spill mean?

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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)


  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

  16. Origin: [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.]

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. Linda Krop:

    It's a horrible place to have an oil spill.

  2. Tom Zegan:

    Never Drink and Drive . . . you might spill.

  3. Barack Obama:

    I remember the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico all too well.

  4. Photographer Camilo Ramirez:

    I definitely noticed a recovery from the time of the oil spill.

  5. Joe Rodgers ':

    Sean was always the one to spill the beans, he was a cop from an early age.

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Translations for spill

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  • دلق, أراق, أسجمArabic
  • vessarCatalan, Valencian
  • spildeDanish
  • schütten, verschüttenGerman
  • derramarSpanish
  • läikkyä, putoaminen, päästää, levitä, läikkyminen, läikyttää, kaataaFinnish
  • renverser, déversement, déverser, répandreFrench
  • szór, önt, borítHungarian
  • թափվելArmenian
  • tumpahanIndonesian
  • rovesciare, versareItalian
  • 零す, 零れるJapanese
  • ღვრაGeorgian
  • morsen, gemorsteDutch
  • versarOccitan
  • derramarPortuguese
  • vărsaRomanian
  • проли́ть, разлива́ть, просы́пать, разлива́ться, рассыпа́ть, пролива́ться, просы́паться, рассыпа́ться, пролива́ть, разли́ть, просыпа́ть, разли́ться, рассы́пать, просыпа́ться, проли́ться, рассы́патьсяRussian
  • spilla, spillSwedish
  • trànVietnamese
  • Chinese

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