[ spil ]
/ spɪl /
verb (used with object), spilled or spilt, spill·ing.
to cause or allow to run or fall from a container, especially accidentally or wastefully: to spill a bag of marbles; to spill milk.
to shed (blood), as in killing or wounding.
to scatter: to spill papers all over everything.
- to let the wind out of (a sail).
- to lose (wind) from a sail.
to cause to fall from a horse, vehicle, or the like: His horse spilled him.
Informal. to divulge, disclose, or tell: Don't spill the secret.
verb (used without object), spilled or spilt, spill·ing.
(of a liquid, loose particles, etc.) to run or escape from a container, especially by accident or in careless handling.
a spilling, as of liquid.
a quantity spilled.
the mark made by something spilled.
Also called spill light. superfluous or useless light rays, as from theatrical or photographic lighting units.
Theater. an area of a stage illuminated by spill light.
a throw or fall from a horse, vehicle, or the like: She broke her arm in a spill.
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Origin of spill1
before 950; 1920–25 for def 6; Middle English spillen to kill, destroy, shed (blood), Old English spillan to kill; cognate with Middle High German, Middle Dutch spillen; akin to spoil
OTHER WORDS FROM spillspill·a·ble, adjective, nounnon·spill·a·ble, adjectiveun·spilled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for spillable (1 of 2)
/ (spɪl) /
verb spills, spilling, spilt or spilled (mainly tr)
(when intr, usually foll by from, out of, etc) to fall or cause to fall from or as from a container, esp unintentionally
to disgorge (contents, occupants, etc) or (of contents, occupants, etc) to be disgorgedthe car spilt its passengers onto the road; the crowd spilt out of the theatre
to shed (blood)
Also: spill the beans informal to disclose something confidential
nautical to let (wind) escape from a sail or (of the wind) to escape from a sail
informal a fall or tumble
short for spillway
a spilling of liquid, etc, or the amount spilt
Australian the declaring of several political jobs vacant when one higher up becomes sothe Prime Minister's resignation could mean a Cabinet spill
Derived forms of spillspiller, noun
Word Origin for spill
Old English spillan to destroy; related to spildan, Old High German spaltan to split; see spoil
British Dictionary definitions for spillable (2 of 2)
/ (spɪl) /
a splinter of wood or strip of twisted paper with which pipes, fires, etc, are lit
a small peg or rod made of metal
Word Origin for spill
C13: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German spilla, Middle Dutch spile stake
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Idioms and Phrases with spillable
In addition to the idiom beginning with spill
- spill the beans
- shed (spill) blood
- take a spill
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