Pronunciation: (spoi'lij), [key]
1. the act of spoiling or the state of being spoiled.
2. material or the amount of material that is spoiled or wasted: The spoilage in today's shipment is much too great.
3. the decay of foodstuffs due to the action of bacteria; rotting: He was concerned about the spoilage of fruit on the way to market.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.