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Spill \Spill\, n. [[root]170. Cf. Spell a splinter.]
A bit of wood split off; a splinter. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
A slender piece of anything. Specifically:
A peg or pin for plugging a hole, as in a cask; a spile.
A metallic rod or pin.
A small roll of paper, or slip of wood, used as a lamplighter, etc.
(Mining) One of the thick laths or poles driven horizontally ahead of the main timbering in advancing a level in loose ground.
A little sum of money. [Obs.]
3. An instance of spilling.
Oil spill, an accidental release of oil, usually into the ocean, due to damage to an oil tanker or uncontrolled release from an underwater well.
Spill \Spill\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spilt; p. pr. & vb. n.
To cover or decorate with slender pieces of wood, metal,
ivory, etc.; to inlay. [Obs.]
Spill \Spill\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spilled, or Spilt; p. pr. & vb. n. Spilling.] [OE. spillen,sually, to destroy, AS. spillan, spildan, to destroy; akin to Icel. spilla to destroy, Sw. spilla to spill, Dan. spilde, G. & D. spillen to squander, OHG. spildan.]
To destroy; to kill; to put an end to. [Obs.]
And gave him to the queen, all at her will To choose whether she would him save or spill.
Greater glory think [it] to save than spill.
To mar; to injure; to deface; hence, to destroy by misuse; to waste. [Obs.]
They [the colors] disfigure the stuff and spill the whole workmanship.
Spill not the morning, the quintessence of day, in recreations.
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; as, to spill water from a pail; to spill quicksilver from a vessel; to spill powder from a paper; to spill sand or flour.
Note: Spill differs from pour in expressing accidental loss, -- a loss or waste contrary to purpose.
To cause to flow out and be lost or wasted; to shed, or suffer to be shed, as in battle or in manslaughter; as, a man spills another's blood, or his own blood.
And to revenge his blood so justly spilt.
(Naut.) 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.
Spilling line (Naut.), a rope used for spilling, or dislodging, the wind from the belly of a sail.
Spill \Spill\, v. i.
To be destroyed, ruined, or wasted; to come to ruin; to perish; to waste. [Obs.]
That thou wilt suffer innocents to spill.
To be shed; to run over; to fall out, and be lost or wasted. ``He was so topful of himself, that he let it spill on all the company.''
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English spillan "destroy, mutilate, kill," also in late Old English "to waste," variant of spildan "destroy," from Proto-Germanic *spilthjan (cognates: Old High German spildan "to spill," Old Saxon spildian "destroy, kill," Old Norse spilla "to destroy," Danish spilde "lose, spill, waste," Middle Dutch spillen "to waste, spend"), from PIE *spel- (1) "to split, break off" (cognates: Middle Dutch spalden, Old High German spaltan "to split;" Greek aspalon "skin, hide," spolas "flayed skin;" Lithuanian spaliai "shives of flax;" Old Church Slavonic rasplatiti "to cleave, split;" Middle Low German spalden, Old High German spaltan "to split;" Sanskrit sphatayati "splits").\n
\nSense of "let (liquid) fall or run out" developed mid-14c. from use of the word in reference to shedding blood (early 14c.). Intransitive sense "to run out and become wasted" is from 1650s. Spill the beans recorded by 1910 in a sense of "spoil the situation;" 1919 as "reveal a secret." To cry for spilt milk (usually with negative) is attested from 1738. Related: Spilled; spilt; spilling.
1845, originally "a throw or fall from a horse," from spill (v.). Meaning "the spilling of a liquid, amount of spilled stuff" is from 1848.
n. 1 (context countable English) A mess of something that has been dropped. 2 A fall or stumble. 3 A small stick or piece of paper used to light a candle, cigarette etc by the transfer of a flame from a fire. 4 A slender piece of anything. 5 # A peg or pin for plugging a hole, as in a cask; a spile. 6 # A metallic rod or pin. 7 (context mining English) One of the thick laths or poles driven horizontally ahead of the main timbering in advancing a level in loose ground. 8 (cx sound recording English) The situation where sound is picked up by a microphone from a source other than that which is intended. 9 (context obsolete English) A small sum of money. 10 (context Australia politics English) A declaration that the leadership of a parliamentary party is vacant, and open for re-election. Short form of (l en leadership spill) vb. 1 (context transitive English) To drop something so that it spreads out or makes a mess; to pour. 2 (context intransitive English) To spread out or fall out, as above. 3 (context transitive English) To drop something that was intended to be caught.
n. liquid that is spilled; "clean up the spills"
flow, run or fall out and become lost; "The milk spilled across the floor"; "The wine spilled onto the table" [syn: run out]
reveal information; "If you don't oblige me, I'll talk!"; "The former employee spilled all the details" [syn: talk]
A spill occurs when the contents of something, usually in liquid form, is emptied out onto a surface, person or clothes, often unintentionally.
Spill may also refer to:
- Oil spill
- Chemical spill
- Data spill
- Leadership spill
- Spill (audio), where audio from one source is picked up by a microphone intended for a different source
- Variable spilling, a side effect of register allocation
Spill were a dance duo, whose members were William Orbit and Beth Orton. They released one single under the moniker, "Don't Wanna Know About Evil" in 1993, on Virgin Records, initially to the Japanese market. It was released in the UK, several years later.
Spill (also known as bleed and leakage) is the occurrence in sound recording (particularly in close miking) and live sound mixing whereby sound is picked up by a microphone from a source other than that which is intended. Spill is usually seen as a problem, and various steps are taken to avoid it or reduce it. In some styles of music, such as orchestral music, jazz, and blues, it is more likely to be accepted or even seen as desirable.
Usage examples of "spill".
After passing through the catalytic reactors, the rare hydrogen allotrope was siphoned off, while the waste gases spilled back out from the hot stacks.
Tess took up the torn dress, an off-white satin gown with fine lace applique spilling over the shoulders into a free fall down the back, over the bustle, and along the edge of the train.
Covering him from the waist down, they had laid a pall of Haldane crimson worked with the royal arms, supple with silken embroidery and applique, spilling off the sides and end of the bier and over the shoulders of the knights at that end.
The top of the shaft was battlemented, and she caught splashes of color between the teeth of the stone scarps, as if flowers were massed there and spilling blossoms against the whiteness of the tower.
Somewhere a lifetime from her present moment, raucous piano music and laughter spilled out of batwing doors onto a dusty street bathed in the light of a Midwestern moon.
Telling herself that dealing with his anger herself was better than risking it spilling over to Billie was one thing.
The avalanche of gold that Blanco Ferndndez had brought forth from a nearby vault lay undisturbed where it had spilled.
Small items blew off the dresser and nightstand, and the basket flew off the table, spilling its contents across the room.
Beauty had planted there spilt over the corners of the beds at their feet, and the roses bloomed everywhere round them, silhouetted in the faint light, and the white roses were shimmers in the gloom.
I would have travelled a thousand miles for the adventures which a bounteous road that day spilled carelessly into my willing hands.
The yards, first loosed to spill the wind, were hauled round and bowsed tight so that he could pull away from the shore on a starboard tack.
He spilt the browst in the brewhouse, and made a spectacle of himself with pease-meal in the girnel.
Lilies were rocking on the sluggish reaches of the streams, and where the current quickened, tall wheels were lifting water for the fields in circles of brimming and spilling pockets.
At the sound of his voice Brine was startled and almost spilled his coffee.
If the Colonel sings, if the shy, bald Admiral is browbeaten into spilling the beans to Congress, who will look after them then?