Definition of Spill

n.1.A bit of wood split off; a splinter.
2.A slender piece of anything.
3.A peg or pin for plugging a hole, as in a cask; a spile.
3.A little sum of money.
4.A metallic rod or pin.
5.A small roll of paper, or slip of wood, used as a lamplighter, etc.
6.(Mining) One of the thick laths or poles driven horizontally ahead of the main timbering in advancing a level in loose ground.
v. t.1.To cover or decorate with slender pieces of wood, metal, ivory, etc.; to inlay.
[imp. & p. p. Spilt ; p. pr. & vb. n. Spilling.]
1.To destroy; to kill; to put an end to.
[imp. & p. p. Spilled or Spilt ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Spilling.]
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 colors] disfigure the stuff and spill the whole workmanship.
- Puttenham.
Spill not the morning, the quintessence of day, in recreations.
- Fuller.
3.To suffer to fall or run out of a vessel; to lose, or suffer to be scattered; - applied to fluids and to substances whose particles are small and loose; as, to spill water from a pail; to spill quicksilver from a vessel; to spill powder from a paper; to spill sand or flour.
4.To cause to flow 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.(Naut.) To relieve a sail from the pressure of the wind, so that it can be more easily reefed or furled, or to lessen the strain.
Spilling line
(Naut.) a rope used for spilling, or dislodging, the wind from the belly of a sail.
- Totten.
v. i.1.To be destroyed, ruined, or wasted; to come to ruin; to perish; to waste.
That thou wilt suffer innocents to spill.
- Chaucer.
2.To be shed; to run over; to fall out, and be lost or wasted.

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