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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.



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


Here are the following synonyms of this term:

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


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


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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