spill

spill
spill
spill1 [spil]
vt.
spilled or spilt, spilling [ME spillen < OE spillan, to destroy, squander, akin to MHG spillen, to split < IE base * (s)p(h)el-, to split, split off > SPALL, L spolium]
1. to allow or cause, esp. unintentionally or accidentally, to run, fall, or flow over from a container, usually so as to result in loss or waste [who spilled the milk?]
2. to shed (blood)
3.
a) to empty the wind from (a sail)
b) to lessen the pressure of (wind) on a sail
4. to scatter at random from a receptacle or container
5. to cause or allow (a rider, load, etc.) to fall off; throw off
6. Informal to let (something secret) become known; divulge
7. Obs.
a) to kill
b) to destroy or ruin
c) to squander; waste
vi.
to be spilled from a container; overflow; run out
n.
1. the act of spilling
2. the amount spilled
3. SPILLWAY
4. a fall or tumble, as from a horse or from a vertical position
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☆ spill one's guts
Slang to divulge everything one knows or reveal all one's personal problems
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spill over
to overflow in superabundance or excess
spill2 [spil]
n.
[ME spille, prob. via dial. spil < ON spila, a splinter, akin to SPILE]
1. a splinter
2. a splinter, thin roll of paper, etc., set on fire and used to light a pipe, candle, etc.
3. a paper cone or roll used as a container
4. a small plug for stopping up a hole; spile
5. a small metal peg, pin, or rod

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  • Spill — Spill, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spilled}, or {Spilt}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Spilling}.] [OE. spillen,sually, to destroy, AS. spillan, spildan, to destroy; akin to Icel. spilla to destroy, Sw. spilla to spill, Dan. spilde, G. & D. spillen to squander, OHG …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spill — may refer to:* Spill (UK band), a dance duo * Daniel Spill (1832–1887), English entrepreneur * Oil spill * Data spill * Leadership spill …   Wikipedia

  • spill — Ⅰ. spill [1] ► VERB (past and past part. spilt or spilled) 1) flow or cause to flow over the edge of a container. 2) move or empty out from a place. 3) informal reveal (confidential information). ► NOUN …   English terms dictionary

  • spill — spill; spill·able; spill·age; spill·flö·te; spill·ing; …   English syllables

  • Spill — Spill, v. i. 1. To be destroyed, ruined, or wasted; to come to ruin; to perish; to waste. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] That thou wilt suffer innocents to spill. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. To be shed; to run over; to fall out, and be lost or wasted. He… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spill — ‘let fall’ [OE] and spill ‘thin piece of wood’ are distinct words. The former originally meant ‘destroy, kill’; the modern sense ‘allow liquid to pour out or fall’, which did not emerge until the 14th century, arose as a rather grisly metaphor… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • spill — ‘let fall’ [OE] and spill ‘thin piece of wood’ are distinct words. The former originally meant ‘destroy, kill’; the modern sense ‘allow liquid to pour out or fall’, which did not emerge until the 14th century, arose as a rather grisly metaphor… …   Word origins

  • Spill — Spill, n. [[root]170. Cf. {Spell} a splinter.] 1. A bit of wood split off; a splinter. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] 2. A slender piece of anything. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) A peg or pin for plugging a hole, as in a cask; a spile.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spill — [v1] slop, drop discharge, disgorge, dribble, drip, empty, flow, lose, overfill, overflow, overrun, overturn, pour, run, run out, run over, scatter, shed, spill over, splash, splatter, spray, sprinkle, spurt, squirt, stream, throw off, upset,… …   New thesaurus

  • Spill — Spill, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spilt}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Spilling}.] To cover or decorate with slender pieces of wood, metal, ivory, etc.; to inlay. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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