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English Dictionary: spill by the DICT Development Group
6 results for spill
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. liquid that is spilled; "clean up the spills"
  2. a channel that carries excess water over or around a dam or other obstruction
    Synonym(s): spillway, spill, wasteweir
  3. the act of allowing a fluid to escape
    Synonym(s): spill, spillage, release
  4. a sudden drop from an upright position; "he had a nasty spill on the ice"
    Synonym(s): spill, tumble, fall
  1. cause or allow (a liquid substance) to run or flow from a container; "spill the milk"; "splatter water"
    Synonym(s): spill, slop, splatter
  2. flow, run or fall out and become lost; "The milk spilled across the floor"; "The wine spilled onto the table"
    Synonym(s): spill, run out
  3. cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over; "spill the beans all over the table"
    Synonym(s): spill, shed, disgorge
  4. 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"
    Synonym(s): spill, shed, pour forth
  5. reveal information; "If you don't oblige me, I'll talk!"; "The former employee spilled all the details"
    Synonym(s): spill, talk
  6. reduce the pressure of wind on (a sail)
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Spill \Spill\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spilt}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      To cover or decorate with slender pieces of wood, metal,
      ivory, etc.; to inlay. [Obs.] --Spenser.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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. spildan.]
      1. To destroy; to kill; to put an end to. [Obs.]
                     And gave him to the queen, all at her will To choose
                     whether she would him save or spill.   --Chaucer.
                     Greater glory think [it] to save than spill.
      2. To mar; to injure; to deface; hence, to destroy by misuse;
            to waste. [Obs.]
                     They [the colors] disfigure the stuff and spill the
                     whole workmanship.                              --Puttenham.
                     Spill not the morning, the quintessence of day, in
                     recreations.                                       --Fuller.
      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
      Note: Spill differs from pour in expressing accidental loss,
               -- a loss or waste contrary to purpose.
      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.
                     And to revenge his blood so justly spilt. --Dryden.
      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.
      {Spilling line} (Naut.), a rope used for spilling, or
            dislodging, the wind from the belly of a sail. --Totten.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Spill \Spill\, v. i.
      1. To be destroyed, ruined, or wasted; to come to ruin; to
            perish; to waste. [Obs.]
                     That thou wilt suffer innocents to spill. --Chaucer.
      2. To be shed; to run over; to fall out, and be lost or
            wasted. [bd]He was so topful of himself, that he let it
            spill on all the company.[b8] --I. Watts.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Spill \Spill\, n. [[root]170. Cf. {Spell} a splinter.]
      1. A bit of wood split off; a splinter. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
      2. A slender piece of anything. Specifically:
            (a) A peg or pin for plugging a hole, as in a cask; a
            (b) A metallic rod or pin.
            (c) A small roll of paper, or slip of wood, used as a
                  lamplighter, etc.
            (d) (Mining) One of the thick laths or poles driven
                  horizontally ahead of the main timbering in advancing
                  a level in loose ground.
      3. A little sum of money. [Obs.] --Ayliffe.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      {register spilling}
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