Pronunciation: (spil), [key]
v., spilled or spilt, spill•ing,

1. to cause or allow to run or fall from a container, esp. accidentally or wastefully: to spill a bag of marbles; to spill milk.
2. to shed (blood), as in killing or wounding.
3. to scatter: to spill papers all over everything.
4. Naut.
a. to let the wind out of (a sail).
b. to lose (wind) from a sail.
5. to cause to fall from a horse, vehicle, or the like: His horse spilled him.
6. divulge, disclose, or tell: Don't spill the secret.
7. spill the beans. See bean (def. 9).

(of a liquid, loose particles, etc.) to run or escape from a container, esp. by accident or in careless handling.

1. a spilling, as of liquid.
2. a quantity spilled.
3. the mark made by something spilled.
4. a spillway.
5. Also called spill' light". superfluous or useless light rays, as from theatrical or photographic lighting units.
6. area of a stage illuminated by spill light.
7. a throw or fall from a horse, vehicle, or the like: She broke her arm in a spill.


Pronunciation: (spil), [key]
1. a splinter.
2. a slender piece of wood or of twisted paper, for lighting candles, lamps, etc.
3. a peg made of metal.
4. a small pin for stopping a cask; spile.
5. Mining.forepole.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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