from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of spilling over.
  • n. An amount or quantity spilled over.
  • n. A side effect arising from or as if from an unpredicted source: Late trains were a spillover of increased ridership.

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  • n. That which overflows; the excess or side effect.
  • n. The spread of infectious disease between different species of animal and particularly to humans.

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  • n. (economics) any indirect effect of public expenditure


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  • While the imagery and description of the crimes are always very vivid, the real sense of risk to El Pasoans can seem murky, particularly when reading over the debate of the term spillover, which is considered either an imminent threat to the American public or a reality that has been faced by the United States portion of the illegal drug industry for years.

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  • Up next what they call the spillover -- the victims here, an American family abducted in Mexico.

    CNN Transcript Mar 25, 2009

  • Up next, what they call the spillover, the victims here, an American family abducted in Mexico.

    CNN Transcript Mar 25, 2009

  • We tend to differentiate between what we call spillover effects and spill-in pressures -- spillover effects and spill-in pressures that are linked. -

  • Also, there is a big difference between the dangers of the spillover from the Mexican drug trade (which does happen in Arizona) and the day-to-day lives of most undocumented migrants, who have nothing to do with that.


  • The war began in 1996, with three main causes: the collapse of the Zairian state after 32 years of misrule; the spillover from the Rwandan genocide with a million refugees …

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  • It's both about the current showdowns and the long-term spillover.

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  • Even so, the show probably will get a ratings boost, if only as a curiosity spillover from the British version's discovery of Susan Boyle.

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  • I would therefore account for the (one time observed) disparity in the Auburn ER daytime vs. evening distribution as nothing more than spillover from the nearby communities.

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  • The market certainly doesn ' t seem to fear any spillover from the Irish debt crisis to the corporate credit market.

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