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Definition of "spill" []

  • To cause or allow (a substance) to run or fall out of a container. (verb-transitive)
  • To scatter (objects) from containment: spilled the armload of books on the desk. (verb-transitive)
  • To shed (blood). (verb-transitive)
  • Nautical To relieve the pressure of wind on (a sail). (verb-transitive)
  • Nautical To cause or allow (wind) to be lost from a sail. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "spill" in a sentence
  • "Some of Obama's top officials said Sunday that the spill is a potential catastrophe and defended the administration's response so far against complaints it has reacted too slowly."
  • "Hurricanes are an act of nature, but this spill is an act of men."
  • ""I think the spill is a game changer," said William Reilly, co-chairman of the president's oil spill commission tasked with examining policy for offshore drilling in light of what went wrong with the Macondo well."