AskDefine | Define spill

Dictionary Definition



1 liquid that is spilled; "clean up the spills"
2 a channel that carries excess water over or around a dam or other obstruction [syn: spillway, wasteweir]
3 the act of allowing a fluid to escape [syn: spillage, release]
4 a sudden drop from an upright position; "he had a nasty spill on the ice" [syn: tumble, fall]


1 cause or allow (a liquid substance) to run or flow from a container; "spill the milk"; "splatter water" [syn: slop, splatter]
2 flow, run or fall out and become lost; "The milk spilled across the floor"; "The wine spilled onto the table" [syn: run out]
3 cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over; "spill the beans all over the table" [syn: shed, disgorge]
4 pour out in drops or small quantities or as if in drops or small quantities; "shed tears"; "spill blood"; "God shed His grace on Thee" [syn: shed, pour forth]
5 reveal information; "If you don't oblige me, I'll talk!"; "The former employee spilled all the details" [syn: talk] [also: spilt]

User Contributed Dictionary





  • /spɪl/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪl


  1. To drop something so that it spreads out or makes a mess; to pour.
    I spilled some sticky juice onto the kitchen floor.
  2. To spread out or fall out, as above
    Some sticky juice spilled onto the kitchen floor.


transitive: to drop something so that it spreads out
intransitive: to spread out or fall out


  1. A mess of something that has been dropped.
  2. A fall or stumble.
    The bruise is from a bad spill he had last week.
  3. A small piece of paper used to light a candle, cigarette etc by transfer a flame from a fire.


See also



  1. game, play



  1. Waste, unusable surplus material.


  1. Imperative of spilla.

Extensive Definition

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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