1. To destroy; to kill; to put an end
to. "And gave him
to the queen, all at her will
To choose whether she
would him save
or spill." (Chaucer) "Greater glory think
[it] to save
than spill." (Spenser)
2. To mar; to injure; to deface; hence, to destroy by misuse; to waste. "They [the colours] disfigure the substance and spill
workmanship." (Puttenham) "Spill not the morning, the quintessence
of day, in recreations." (Fuller)
3. To suffer to fall
out of a vessel; to lose, or suffer to be scattered; applied to fluids and to substances whose particles are little
and loose; as, to spill water
from a pail; to spill quicksilver
from a vessel; to spill
powder from a paper; to spill sand
Spill differs from pour in expressing accidental
loss, a loss or waste
contrary to purpose.
4. To reason
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." (Dryden)
5. To relieve
from the pressure of the wind, so that it can be more easily reefed or furled, or to lessen the strain. Spilling line, a rope used for spilling, or dislodging, the wind
from the belly
of a sail. Spill, n. An instance of spilling. Oil spill, an accidental
release of oil, generally into
the ocean, due to hurt
to an oil
tanker or uncontrolled release from an underwater well.
Origin: 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.
or decorate with slender
pieces of tree, metal, ivory, etc.; to inlay.
Origin: Spilt; Spilling.
1. A bit
of tree split
off; a splinter.
2. A slender piece
of anything. Specifically:
for plugging a hole, as in a cask; a spile.
A metallic rod
A little roll
of paper, or slip
of tree, used as a lamplighter, etc.
One of the fat laths or poles driven horizontally onward of the main timbering in advancing a level in loose ground.
3. A few sum of money.
Origin: Cf. Spell a splinter.
Source: Websters Vocabulary