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Definition of SPILL

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Spill \Spill\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spilt} (sp[i^]lt); 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 v.0.48 [gcide]

Spill \Spill\ (sp[i^]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spilled} (sp[i^]ld), or {Spilt} (sp[i^]lt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Spilling}.] [OE. spillen, usually, to destroy, AS. spillan, spildan, to destroy; akin to Icel. spilla to destroy, Sw. spilla to spill, Dan. spilde, LG. & D. spillen to squander, OHG. spildan.]
     1. To destroy; to kill; to put an end to. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              And gave him to the queen, all at her will To choose whether she would him save or spill.
                                                    --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

              Greater glory think [it] to save than spill.
                                                    --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

     2. To mar; to injure; to deface; hence, to destroy by misuse; to waste. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              They [the colors] disfigure the stuff and spill the whole workmanship.                    --Puttenham. [1913 Webster]

              Spill not the morning, the quintessence of day, in recreations.                          --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

     3. 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. [1913 Webster]

     Note: Spill differs from pour in expressing accidental loss,
           -- a loss or waste contrary to purpose.
           [1913 Webster]

     4. 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. [1913 Webster]

              And to revenge his blood so justly spilt. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     5. (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. [1913 Webster]

     {Spilling line} (Naut.), a rope used for spilling, or dislodging, the wind from the belly of a sail. --Totten. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Spill \Spill\ (sp[i^]l), 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. [1913 Webster] (b) A metallic rod or pin. [1913 Webster] (c) A small roll of paper, or slip of wood, used as a lamplighter, etc. [1913 Webster] (d) (Mining) One of the thick laths or poles driven horizontally ahead on top of a set of the main timbering in advancing a level in loose ground.

     Syn: forepole; spile[4].
          [1913 Webster]

     3. A little sum of money. [Obs.] --Ayliffe.
        [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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 was so topful of himself, that he let it spill on all the company." --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

196 Moby Thesaurus words for "spill":
     Mystik tape, Scotch tape, accident, acknowledge, adhesive tape, admit, admit everything, allow, alluvion, alluvium, avow, babble, band, bandage, batten, be indiscreet, be unguarded, belt, betray, betray a confidence, blab, blabber, blurt, blurt out, brand, bung, butane lighter, capsizal, capsize, cascade, cataclysm, cataract, cellophane tape, check valve, cigarette lighter, cloth tape, cock, come clean, concede, confess, consume, cop a plea, cork, cropper, culbute, deluge, dive, dribble, drip, drop, engulf, engulfment, exhaust, expend, fall, fascia, faucet, fillet, firebrand, flambeau, flint, flint and steel, flood, flop, forced landing, friction tape, girdle, give away, grant, header, igniter, inform, inform on, inundate, inundation, lath, leak, leakage, let drop, let fall, let on, let slip, lid, light, lighter, ligula, ligule, list, lose, masking tape, open up, out with it, outpouring, overbrim, overfill, overflow, overflowing, overrun, overrunning, overset, overthrow, overturn, overwhelm, own, own up, peach, peg, pin, plank, plastic tape, plead guilty, plug, plunge, portfire, pour out, pour over, pratfall, rat, reveal a secret, revolution, ribband, ribbon, run, run over, sea cock, shred, sing, slat, slip, slop, slosh, somersault, somerset, sparker, spatter, spend, spigot, spike, spile, spill it, spill out, spill over, spill the beans, spillage, spit it out, splash, spline, sprawl, spray, squab, squeal, stool, stop, stopgap, stopper, stopple, strake, strap, strip, strop, stumble, submerge, submersion, subversion, swamp, sweep, taenia, talk, tap, tape, tape measure, tapeline, taper, tattle, tattle on, tell all, tell on, tell secrets, tell tales, tell the truth, the Deluge, the Flood, throw out, ticker tape, torch, trip, tumble, turnover, upset, upturn, use up, valve, washout, waste, whelm, whelming


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