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Definition of Spill


  1. A bit of wood split off; a splinter.
  2. A slender piece of anything.
  3. A peg or pin for plugging a hole, as in a cask; a spile.
  4. A metallic rod or pin.
  5. A small roll of paper, or slip of wood, used as a lamplighter, etc.
  6. One of the thick laths or poles driven horizontally ahead of the main timbering in advancing a level in loose ground.
  7. A little sum of money.
  8. To cover or decorate with slender pieces of wood, metal, ivory, etc.; to inlay.
  9. To destroy; to kill; to put an end to.
  10. To mar; to injure; to deface; hence, to destroy by misuse; to waste.
  11. 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. 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. 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. To be destroyed, ruined, or wasted; to come to ruin; to perish; to waste.
  15. To be shed; to run over; to fall out, and be lost or wasted.

Spill Quotations

Terrorism will spill over if you don't speak up.
Malala Yousafzai

A good upbringing means not that you won't spill sauce on the tablecloth, but that you won't notice it when someone else does.
Anton Chekhov

Privacy is relational. It depends on the audience. You don't want your employer to know you're job hunting. You don't spill all about your love life to your mom or your kids. You don't tell trade secrets to your rivals.
Barton Gellman

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
Lao Tzu

New Yorkers love it when you spill your guts out there. Spill your guts at Wimbledon and they make you stop and clean it up.
Jimmy Connors
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Spill Translations

spill in Dutch is morsen
spill in Italian is versamtento
spill in Portuguese is derramamento
spill in Spanish is derramar
spill in Swedish is spilla
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