Spoil bank
Spoil Spoil, n. [Cf. OF. espoille, L. spolium.] 1. That which is taken from another by violence; especially, the plunder taken from an enemy; pillage; booty. [1913 Webster]

Gentle gales, Fanning their odoriferous wings, dispense Native perfumes, and whisper whence they stole Those balmy spoils. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Public offices and their emoluments regarded as the peculiar property of a successful party or faction, to be bestowed for its own advantage; -- commonly in the plural; as, to the victor belong the spoils. [1913 Webster]

From a principle of gratitude I adhered to the coalition; my vote was counted in the day of battle, but I was overlooked in the division of the spoil. --Gibbon. [1913 Webster]

3. That which is gained by strength or effort. [1913 Webster]

Each science and each art his spoil. --Bentley. [1913 Webster]

4. The act or practice of plundering; robbery; waste. [1913 Webster]

The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treason, stratagems, and spoils. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. Corruption; cause of corruption. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

Villainous company hath been the spoil of me. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. The slough, or cast skin, of a serpent or other animal. [Obs.] --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

{Spoil bank}, a bank formed by the earth taken from an excavation, as of a canal.

{The spoils system}, the theory or practice of regarding public offices and their emoluments as so much plunder to be distributed among their active partisans by those who are chosen to responsible offices of administration. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • spoil|bank — «SPOYL BANGK», noun. a bank or mound of refuse earth, stone, or other waste material: »Owners of colliery spoilbanks are required to take all practicable steps to minimize the emission of smoke and fumes (London Times) …   Useful english dictionary

  • spoil bank —    A bank, mound, or other artificial accumulation of rock debris and earthy dump deposits removed from ditches, strip mines, or other excavations.    Compare: dredge spoil bank.    SW …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • spoil bank — a bank of excavated refuse or waste earth, as of shale from surface coal mining. [1820 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • spoil bank — noun : a bank composed of excavated earth …   Useful english dictionary

  • dredge spoil bank —    A subaerial mound or ridge that permanently stands above the water composed of dredge spoils; randomly mixed sediments deposited during dredging and dumping.    Compare: dredged channel, dredge deposit shoal, filled marshland.    SW …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • Spoil — Spoil, n. [Cf. OF. espoille, L. spolium.] 1. That which is taken from another by violence; especially, the plunder taken from an enemy; pillage; booty. [1913 Webster] Gentle gales, Fanning their odoriferous wings, dispense Native perfumes, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spoil pile —     a) A bank, mound, or other artificial accumulation composed of spoil; e.g., an embankment of earthy material removed from a ditch and deposited alongside it.    Compare: dredge spoil bank.     b) A pile of refuse material from an excavation… …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • spoil heap — noun : a pile of refuse material from an excavation * * * spoil bank or spoil heap noun A deposit of spoil • • • Main Entry: ↑spoil …   Useful english dictionary

  • The spoils system — Spoil Spoil, n. [Cf. OF. espoille, L. spolium.] 1. That which is taken from another by violence; especially, the plunder taken from an enemy; pillage; booty. [1913 Webster] Gentle gales, Fanning their odoriferous wings, dispense Native perfumes,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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