• Fish spill out of the magic basket
    Fish spill out of the magic basket
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v spill reduce the pressure of wind on (a sail)
    • v spill reveal information "If you don't oblige me, I'll talk!","The former employee spilled all the details"
    • v spill cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over "spill the beans all over the table"
    • v spill 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"
    • v spill cause or allow (a liquid substance) to run or flow from a container "spill the milk","splatter water"
    • v spill flow, run or fall out and become lost "The milk spilled across the floor","The wine spilled onto the table"
    • n spill a sudden drop from an upright position "he had a nasty spill on the ice"
    • n spill the act of allowing a fluid to escape
    • n spill a channel that carries excess water over or around a dam or other obstruction
    • n spill liquid that is spilled "clean up the spills"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Captain stares in outrage at the spilled rum The Captain stares in outrage at the spilled rum
Albert fallen down with apples spilled everywhere Albert fallen down with apples spilled everywhere

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sea cucumber spills its internal organs out as a defense mechanism
    • Spill A bit of wood split off; a splinter.
    • Spill A little sum of money.
    • Spill A metallic rod or pin.
    • Spill A peg or pin for plugging a hole, as in a cask; a spile.
    • Spill A slender piece of anything.
    • Spill A small roll of paper, or slip of wood, used as a lamplighter, etc.
    • Spill One of the thick laths or poles driven horizontally ahead of the main timbering in advancing a level in loose ground.
    • Spill To be destroyed, ruined, or wasted; to come to ruin; to perish; to waste. "That thou wilt suffer innocents to spill ."
    • Spill To be shed; to run over; to fall out, and be lost or wasted. "He was so topful of himself, that he let it spill on all the company."
    • Spill 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. "And to revenge his blood so justly spilt ."
    • v. t Spill To cover or decorate with slender pieces of wood, metal, ivory, etc.; to inlay.
    • Spill To destroy; to kill; to put an end to. "And gave him to the queen, all at her will
      To choose whether she would him save or spill ."
      "Greater glory think [it] to save than spill ."
    • Spill To mar; to injure; to deface; hence, to destroy by misuse; to waste. "They [the colors] disfigure the stuff and spill the whole workmanship.""Spill not the morning, the quintessence of day, in recreations."
    • Spill (Naut) 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.
    • Spill 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: John Van Wormer invented paper milk cartons after dropping a bottle of milk one morning. The bottle broke spilling the milk everywhere. That annoyance was enough for Van Wormer to come up with the idea.
    • spill To destroy; kill; slay.
    • spill To injure; mar; spoil; ruin.
    • spill To waste; squander; spend.
    • spill To suffer or cause to flow out or become lost; shed: used especially of blood, as in wilful killing.
    • spill To suffer to fall or run out accidentally and wastefully, and not as by pouring: said of fluids or of substances in fine grains or powder, such as flour or sand: as, to spill wine; to spill salt.
    • spill To let out; let leak out; divulge: said of matters concealed.
    • spill Nautical, to discharge the wind from, as from the belly of a sail, in order to furl or reef it.
    • spill To throw, as from the saddle or a vehicle; overthrow.
    • spill Synonyms Splash, etc. See slop.
    • spill To kill; slay; destroy; spread ruin.
    • spill To come to ruin or destruction; perish; die.
    • spill To be wasteful or prodigal.
    • spill To run out and become shed or wasted.
    • n spill A throw or fall, as from a saddle or a vehicle.
    • n spill A downpour; a flood.
    • n spill A splinter; a chip.
    • n spill A little bar or pin; a peg.
    • n spill A slip or strip of wood or paper meant for use as a lamplighter. Paper spills are made of strips of paper rolled spirally in a long tapering form or folded lengthwise. Thin strips of dry wood are also used as spills.
    • n spill A small peg or pin for stopping a cask; a spile: as, a vent-hole stopped with a spill.
    • n spill The spindle of a spinning-wheel.
    • n spill A trifling sum of money; a small fee.
    • spill To inlay, diversify, or piece out with spills, splinters, or chips; cover with small patches resembling spills. In the quotation it denotes inlaying with small pieces of ivory.
    • n spill plural The thin layers or filaments of cinder in wrought-iron bars of poor quality due to imperfect working of the metal in squeezer, hammer, or roll treatment.
    • spill To brace or stay a drift or adit with piles.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When Alexander Graham Bell Was working on the telephone in 1876, he spilled battery acid on his pants and called out to his assistant, "Watson, please come here. I want you." Watson, who was on another floor, heard the call through the instrument he was hooking up, and ran to Bell's room. Bell's words became the first ever successfully communicated using a telephone.
    • v.t Spill spil to allow to run out of a vessel: to shed: to waste:
    • v.i Spill to be shed: to be allowed to fall, be lost, or wasted:—pa.t. and pa.p. spilled, spilt
    • n Spill a fall, a throw: a downpour
    • n Spill spil a small peg or pin to stop a hole: a thin strip of wood or twisted paper for lighting a candle, a pipe, &c
    • v.t Spill spil (coll.) to throw from a vehicle or the saddle: to empty the belly of a sail of wind for reefing
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  • Andrew Jackson
    “Peace, above all things, is to be desired, but blood must sometimes be spilled to obtain it on equable and lasting terms.”
  • Ralph Nader
    Ralph Nader
    “Obviously, the answer to oil spills is to paper-train the tankers.”
  • John Updike
    “An affair wants to spill, to share its glory with the world. No act is so private it does not seek applause.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you must cry over spilled milk then please try to condense it”
  • Jimmy Connors
    Jimmy Connors
    “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.”
  • James Dye
    James Dye
    “There are many truely horrible things goin' on in the world whilst we're lost to the druthers over spilled milk.”


Spill the beans - If you spill the beans, you reveal a secret or confess to something.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. spildan,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. spillan; Dut. spillen, Ice. spilla, to destroy.


In literature:

Water done been spill?
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
I done spilled this one.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VIII (of X)" by Various
Aunt Augusta shut me up in the blue room because I spilled my pudding at dinner.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Only, as you say, his staying below will make things a little easier, and save some unpleasantness in the way of blood-spilling.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
All the wealth of June-land had spilled over into the night.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
Then she thought of the milk, and tried to save it; but the cover of the kettle came off, and it was all spilled on the ground.
"Careless Kate" by Oliver Optic
He might have called them "blood-spilling enterprises," for they were only that and no more.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
I was curious to know what these objects were, and letting go my hold, I stretched my hands downward, and groped for what had been spilled.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
The train stopped, and its contents spilled themselves out a little uncertainly and stiffly on the platform.
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome
No good to spill the beans.
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell

In poetry:

But, since my folly gross
My joyful cup did spill,
Make me, the captive of thy cross,
Submissive to thy will.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine
She lifts a brimming goblet,
She spills three drops on the floor -
"Drink deep and kiss your leman!
For Death is at the door."
"Muses" by Victor James Daley
To the Wound in the Heart of Christ,
To the Trinity Three in One,
To the Blood spilled out, unpriced,
For love of my little son.
"A Woman Commends Her Little Son" by Katharine Tynan
Gathers them so fast and fleet,
Little fingers cannot meet
O'er the lot; and swifter still
Than they cull, the wealth they spill.
"Echoes Of Spring" by Mathilde Blind
Learned in music sings the lark,
I leave my cell to listen;
His open beak spills music, hark!
Where Heaven's bright cloudlets glisten.
"The Lark" by Anonymous Irish
'Begone! but know if e'er you cross
My way when in a bitter mood,
That passion-tossed I may forget
Myself and spill your guilty blood.'
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli

In news:

And the surrounding area to evacuate their homes due to a chlorine spill at the water treatment substation on Christopher St Sunday evening.
2 BP employees to face manslaughter charges over Gulf spill.
I was helping clean up the kitchen after Wednesday night dinner at church when some soup spilled on the floor.
Officials with BP announce a new plan to clean-up new debris from the Deepwater Horizon spill that has surfaced after Isaac.
Supply shortages slowing Gulf oil spill cleanup.
Why did these two men with A-Plus literary creds spill their darkest secrets in books.
Parkinson's Disease, which causes him to frequently spill his drinks.
Jockey Velazquez Breaks Collarbone in Spill.
Lopez Broke Collarbone in Spill.
There is a little known holiday that the Rockshow just recently spilled the beans on.
Endicott residents and former IBM workers have been concerned about the effects of a chemical spill dating back to the '70s.
Published Thursday, Nov 15, 2012, at 2:58 p.m. Timeline of the massive 2010 Gulf oil spill, government response and ensuing legal cases.
Timeline of the massive 2010 Gulf oil spill, government response and ensuing legal cases.
DJ Dug, aka Doug Martsch of Built to Spill, stood in the DJ chambers at Neurolux March 23 as midnight closed in on day two of the Treefort Music Festival.
Hey, did you hear that the Environmental Protection Agency is planning to ban dusty back roads and has fined hundreds of companies $5,000 a day for spilled milk.

In science:

Therefore, once the Polonyi field is spilled out of the S = 0 minimum, we again suffer from the original Polonyi problem for c ≃ MG .
The Polonyi Problem and Upper bound on Inflation Scale in Supergravity
Beam intensities of up to 108 particles per 5 s spill are needed imposing stringent requirements on the radiation hardness of the central detectors, in particular of the electromagnetic calorimeters.
The COMPASS Experiment at CERN
Due to these modifications, the overall beam intensity (muons/spill) was increased by a factor of 5, and the beam duty cycle improved by more than a factor of 2.
The COMPASS Experiment at CERN
In addition, it minimises the discharge rate to 0.03 discharges per detector and per beam spill .
The COMPASS Experiment at CERN
At beam intensities below 2 · 107/spill this area can be activated remotely to allow the detector to be aligned using beam tracks (see Sec. 10.2).
The COMPASS Experiment at CERN