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What Is “Spill”? Definition And Usage Of This Term

WHAT IS SPILL – In this topic, we will first know the definition of this term and how is this term used in sentences.

WHAT IS SPILL

Definition

The Oxford Dictionary described this term as the following:

  • cause or allow (liquid) to flow over the edge of its container, especially unintentionally.
  • a quantity of liquid that has spilled or been spilled.
  • a fall from a horse or bicycle.

On the other hand, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines this term as the following:

  • to cause or allow especially accidentally or unintentionally to fall, flow, or run out so as to be lost or wasted
  • to cause (blood) to be lost by wounding
  • to let out
  • to relieve (a sail) from the pressure of the wind so as to reef or furl it
  • to relieve the pressure of (wind) on a sail by coming about or by adjusting the sail with lines
  • to throw off or out
  • to flow, run, or fall out, over, or off and become wasted, scattered, or lost
  • to cause or allow something to spill
  • to spread profusely or beyond bounds

Synonyms

Here are the following synonyms of this term:

  • upset
  • overturn
  • overflow
  • flow
  • pour
  • stream
  • surge
  • swarm
  • spillage
  • leak
  • leakage
  • fall
  • tumble
  • accident
  • divulge

Etymology

It is derived from the Old English spillan which means ‘kill, destroy, waste, shed (blood’).

Examples

Here are some of the examples:

  • She left it down, letting the soft curls spill over her shoulders For a minute she fought back panic.
  • Tears began to spill again, and she began to understand how Darian felt, utterly alone and abandoned in the corner of her mind.
  • One day I happened to spill water on my apron, and I spread it out to dry before the fire which was flickering on the sitting-room hearth.
  • Tears of fury threatened to spill, but she could not, would not let Sirian see her weakness!

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