verb (used with object), spilled or spilt, spilling.
to cause or allow to run or fall from a container, especially accidentally or wastefully:
to spill a bag of marbles; to spill milk.
to shed (blood), as in killing or wounding.
to spill papers all over everything.
to let the wind out of (a sail).
to lose (wind) from a sail.
to cause to fall from a horse, vehicle, or the like:
His horse spilled him.
Informal. to divulge, disclose, or tell:
Don’t spill the secret.
verb (used without object), spilled or spilt, spilling.
(of a liquid, loose particles, etc.) to run or escape from a container, especially by accident or in careless handling.
a spilling, as of liquid.
a quantity spilled.
the mark made by something spilled.
Also called spill light. superfluous or useless light rays, as from theatrical or photographic lighting units.
Theater. an area of a stage illuminated by spill light.
a throw or fall from a horse, vehicle, or the like:
She broke her arm in a spill.
spill the beans. bean (def 11).
a slender piece of wood or of twisted paper, for lighting candles, lamps, etc.
a peg made of metal.
a small pin for stopping a cask; spile.
verb (mainly transitive) spills, spilling, spilt, spilled
when intr, usually foll by from, out of, etc. to fall or cause to fall from or as from a container, esp unintentionally
to disgorge (contents, occupants, etc) or (of contents, occupants, etc) to be disgorged: the car spilt its passengers onto the road, the crowd spilt out of the theatre
to shed (blood)
(informal) Also spill the beans. to disclose something confidential
(nautical) to let (wind) escape from a sail or (of the wind) to escape from a sail
(informal) a fall or tumble
short for spillway
a spilling of liquid, etc, or the amount spilt
(Austral) the declaring of several political jobs vacant when one higher up becomes so: the Prime Minister’s resignation could mean a Cabinet spill
a splinter of wood or strip of twisted paper with which pipes, fires, etc, are lit
a small peg or rod made of metal
noun 1. the act or process of spilling. 2. an amount that spills or is spilled. noun 1. an instance or the process of spilling 2. something spilt or the amount spilt
noun 1. Mickey (Frank Morrison) 1918–2006, U.S. detective novelist. noun 1. Mickey, original name Frank Morrison Spillane. 1918–2006, US detective-story writer, best known for his books featuring the detective Mike Hammer, for example I, the Jury (1947) and The Twisted Thing (1966)
noun 1. a jackstraw. 2. spillikins, (used with a singular verb) the game of jackstraws. noun 1. a thin strip of wood, cardboard, or plastic, esp one used in spillikins
noun 1. a jackstraw. 2. spillikins, (used with a singular verb) the game of jackstraws. noun 1. (functioning as sing) (Brit) a game in which players try to pick each spillikin from a heap without moving any of the others Also called jackstraws noun 1. a thin strip of wood, cardboard, or plastic, esp one […]