Oil spill
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. [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 of the main timbering in advancing a level in loose ground. [1913 Webster]

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

3. An instance of spilling.

{Oil spill}, an accidental release of oil, usually into the ocean, due to damage to an oil tanker or uncontrolled release from an underwater well. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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