spill
I. verb (spilled; also spilt; spilling) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English spillan; akin to Old English spildan to destroy and perhaps to Latin spolium animal skin, Greek sphallein to cause to fall Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. archaic kill, destroy b. to cause (blood) to be lost by wounding 2. to cause or allow especially accidentally or unintentionally to fall, flow, or run out so as to be lost or wasted 3. a. to relieve (a sail) from the pressure of the wind so as to reef or furl it b. to relieve the pressure of (wind) on a sail by coming about or by adjusting the sail with lines 4. to throw off or out <
a horse spilled him
>
5. to let out ; divulge <
spill a secret
>
intransitive verb 1. a. to flow, run, or fall out, over, or off and become wasted, scattered, or lost <
water spilling over the dam
>
b. to cause or allow something to spill 2. to spread profusely or beyond bounds <
crowds spilled into the streets
>
3. to fall from one's place (as on a horse) • spillable adjectivespiller noun II. noun Date: circa 1845 1. the act or an instance of spilling; especially a fall from a horse or vehicle or an erect position 2. something spilled III. noun Etymology: Middle English spille; akin to Middle Low German spīle thin stick, peg Date: 14th century 1. a wooden splinter 2. a small roll or twist of paper or slip of wood for lighting a fire

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spill — may refer to:* Spill (UK band), a dance duo * Daniel Spill (1832–1887), English entrepreneur * Oil spill * Data spill * Leadership spill …   Wikipedia

  • spill — Ⅰ. spill [1] ► VERB (past and past part. spilt or spilled) 1) flow or cause to flow over the edge of a container. 2) move or empty out from a place. 3) informal reveal (confidential information). ► NOUN …   English terms dictionary

  • spill — spill; spill·able; spill·age; spill·flö·te; spill·ing; …   English syllables

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spill — ‘let fall’ [OE] and spill ‘thin piece of wood’ are distinct words. The former originally meant ‘destroy, kill’; the modern sense ‘allow liquid to pour out or fall’, which did not emerge until the 14th century, arose as a rather grisly metaphor… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • spill — ‘let fall’ [OE] and spill ‘thin piece of wood’ are distinct words. The former originally meant ‘destroy, kill’; the modern sense ‘allow liquid to pour out or fall’, which did not emerge until the 14th century, arose as a rather grisly metaphor… …   Word origins

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spill — [v1] slop, drop discharge, disgorge, dribble, drip, empty, flow, lose, overfill, overflow, overrun, overturn, pour, run, run out, run over, scatter, shed, spill over, splash, splatter, spray, sprinkle, spurt, squirt, stream, throw off, upset,… …   New thesaurus

  • spill — spill1 [spil] vt. spilled or spilt, spilling [ME spillen < OE spillan, to destroy, squander, akin to MHG spillen, to split < IE base * (s)p(h)el , to split, split off > SPALL, L spolium] 1. to allow or cause, esp. unintentionally or… …   English World dictionary

  • Spill — Spill, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spilt}; 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

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