from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause or allow (a substance) to run or fall out of a container.
- transitive v. To scatter (objects) from containment: spilled the armload of books on the desk.
- transitive v. To shed (blood).
- transitive v. Nautical To relieve the pressure of wind on (a sail).
- transitive v. Nautical To cause or allow (wind) to be lost from a sail.
- transitive v. To cause to fall: The rider was spilled by his horse.
- transitive v. Informal To disclose (something previously unknown); divulge: The witness spilled all the details about the suspect.
- intransitive v. To run or fall out of a container or containment.
- intransitive v. To come to the ground suddenly and involuntarily.
- intransitive v. To pour out or spread beyond limits: Fans spilled onto the playing field.
- n. The act of spilling.
- n. An amount spilled.
- n. A fall, as from a horse.
- n. A spillway.
- n. A piece of wood or rolled paper used to light a fire.
- n. A small peg or rod, especially one used as a plug; a spile.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To drop something so that it spreads out or makes a mess; to pour.
- v. To spread out or fall out, as above.
- v. To drop something that was intended to be caught.
- v. To be destroyed, ruined, or wasted; to come to ruin; to perish; to waste.
- v. To be shed; to run over; to fall out, and be lost or wasted.
- n. A mess of something that has been dropped.
- n. A fall or stumble.
- n. A small stick or piece of paper used to light a candle, cigarette etc by the transfer of a flame from a fire.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bit of wood split off; a splinter.
- n. A slender piece of anything.
- n. A peg or pin for plugging a hole, as in a cask; a spile.
- n. A metallic rod or pin.
- n. A small roll of paper, or slip of wood, used as a lamplighter, etc.
- n. One of the thick laths or poles driven horizontally ahead of the main timbering in advancing a level in loose ground.
- n. A little sum of money.
- transitive v. To cover or decorate with slender pieces of wood, metal, ivory, etc.; to inlay.
- transitive v. To destroy; to kill; to put an end to.
- transitive v. To mar; to injure; to deface; hence, to destroy by misuse; to waste.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To cause to flow out and be lost or wasted; to shed, or suffer to be shed, as in battle or in manslaughter.
- transitive v. 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.
- intransitive v. To be destroyed, ruined, or wasted; to come to ruin; to perish; to waste.
- intransitive v. To be shed; to run over; to fall out, and be lost or wasted.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To destroy; kill; slay.
- To injure; mar; spoil; ruin.
- To waste; squander; spend.
- To suffer or cause to flow out or become lost; shed: used especially of blood, as in wilful killing.
- To suffer to fall or run out accidentally and wastefully, and not as by pouring: said of fluids or of substances in fine grains or powder, such as flour or sand: as, to spill wine; to spill salt.
- To let out; let leak out; divulge: said of matters concealed.
- Nautical, to discharge the wind from, as from the belly of a sail, in order to furl or reef it.
- To throw, as from the saddle or a vehicle; overthrow.
- Synonyms Splash, etc. See slop.
- To kill; slay; destroy; spread ruin.
- To come to ruin or destruction; perish; die.
- To be wasteful or prodigal.
- To run out and become shed or wasted.
- n. A throw or fall, as from a saddle or a vehicle.
- n. A downpour; a flood.
- n. A splinter; a chip.
- n. A little bar or pin; a peg.
- n. A slip or strip of wood or paper meant for use as a lamplighter.
- n. A small peg or pin for stopping a cask; a spile: as, a vent-hole stopped with a spill.
- n. The spindle of a spinning-wheel.
- n. A trifling sum of money; a small fee.
- To inlay, diversify, or piece out with spills, splinters, or chips; cover with small patches resembling spills. In the quotation it denotes inlaying with small pieces of ivory.
- n. plural The thin layers or filaments of cinder in wrought-iron bars of poor quality due to imperfect working of the metal in squeezer, hammer, or roll treatment.
- To brace or stay a drift or adit with piles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. pour out in drops or small quantities or as if in drops or small quantities
- n. a sudden drop from an upright position
- v. cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over
- v. cause or allow (a liquid substance) to run or flow from a container
- n. liquid that is spilled
- v. reveal information
- n. a channel that carries excess water over or around a dam or other obstruction
- v. reduce the pressure of wind on (a sail)
- v. flow, run or fall out and become lost
- n. the act of allowing a fluid to escape
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