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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

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

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

There's no experience like going down an empty freeway toward a hurricane and then looking in the opposite lane and seeing bumper-to-bumper traffic, people fleeing that scene. Or going to a toxic spill and seeing people go the other way. You talk yourself into thinking you're invincible in order to do that.
Lester Holt

When BP was not moving fast enough on claims, we told BP to set aside $20 billion in a fund - managed by an independent third party - to help all those whose lives have been turned upside down by the spill.
Barack Obama

I feel like a human pinata. The disappointing thing is, no candy is going to spill out.
Katie Couric
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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