Meaning of SPILL in English

SPILL

/ spɪl; NAmE / verb , noun

■ verb ( spilled , spilled ) ( BrE also spilt , spilt / spɪlt; NAmE /)

1.

( especially of liquid ) to flow over the edge of a container by accident; to make liquid do this :

[ v ]

Water had spilled out of the bucket onto the floor.

[ vn ]

He startled her and made her spill her drink.

Thousands of gallons of crude oil were spilled into the ocean.

2.

[ v + adv. / prep. ] ( of people ) to come out of a place in large numbers and spread out :

The doors opened and people spilled into the street.

( figurative )

Light spilled from the windows.

IDIOMS

- spill the beans

- spill (sb's) blood

- spill your guts (to sb)

—more at cry verb

PHRASAL VERBS

- spill sth out | spill out

- spill over (into sth)

■ noun

1.

(also formal spill·age ) [ C , U ] an act of letting a liquid come or fall out of a container; the amount of liquid that comes or falls out :

Many seabirds died as a result of the oil spill.

I wiped up the coffee spills on the table.

2.

[ C ] a long match, or a thin piece of twisted paper, used for lighting fires, oil lamps, etc.

3.

[ C , usually sing. ] a fall, especially from a bicycle or a boat :

to take a spill

IDIOMS

see thrill noun

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WORD ORIGIN

noun sense 1 and noun sense 3 verb Old English spillan kill, destroy, waste, shed (blood) ; of unknown origin.

noun sense 2 Middle English (in the sense sharp fragment of wood ). The current sense date from the early 19th cent.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.