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Main Entry: 1spill
Pronunciation: 'spil
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): spilled /'spild, 'spilt /; also spilt /'spilt/; spill·ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English spillan; akin to Old English spildan to destroy and perhaps to Latin spolium animal skin, Greek sphallein to cause to fall
Date: before 12th century

transitive verb
1 a archaic : KILL, DESTROY b : to cause (blood) to be lost by wounding
2 : to cause or allow especially accidentally or unintentionally to fall, flow, or run out so as to be lost or wasted
3 a : to relieve (a sail) from the pressure of the wind so as to reef or furl it b : to relieve the pressure of (wind) on a sail by coming about or by adjusting the sail with lines
4 : to throw off or out <a horse spilled him>
5 : to let out : DIVULGE <spill a secret>
intransitive verb
1 a : to flow, run, or fall out, over, or off and become wasted, scattered, or lost <water spilling over the dam> b : to cause or allow something to spill
2 : to spread profusely or beyond bounds <crowds spilled into the streets>
3 : to fall from one's place (as on a horse)
- spill·able /'spi-l&-b&l/ adjective
- spill·er noun
- spill one's guts : to divulge especially personal information
- spill the beans : to divulge secret or hidden information