spill

When liquids spill, they accidentally flow or dribble out of a container. You can also spill solid objects, like when you slip and spill the contents of your backpack all over the sidewalk.

When you spill your hot chocolate, the spot it makes where it lands is a spill. The act of spilling it is a spill too: "Sorry about the spill, Grandma." You can take a spill yourself, like when you tumble to the ground from your bike. Spill also means "talk," especially in the context of "spill the beans" or "spill your guts," both basically meaning "tell the whole truth."

Primary Meanings of spill

1.
vn
flow, run or fall out and become lost
liquid that is spilled
2.
v
reveal information
3.
v
reduce the pressure of wind on (a sail)
Full Definitions of spill
1

v flow, run or fall out and become lost

“The milk spilled across the floor”
“The wine spilled onto the table”
Synonyms:
run out
slop, splatter
cause or allow (a liquid substance) to run or flow from a container
Types:
brim over, overflow, overrun, run over, well over
flow or run over (a limit or brim)
geyser
to overflow like a geyser
Type of:
course, feed, flow, run
move along, of liquids

v cause or allow (a liquid substance) to run or flow from a container

spill the milk”
Synonyms:
slop, splatter
disgorge, shed
cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over
run out
flow, run or fall out and become lost
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over

spill the beans all over the table”
Synonyms:
disgorge, shed
slop, splatter
cause or allow (a liquid substance) to run or flow from a container
Types:
seed
go to seed; shed seeds
reseed
seed again or anew
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v pour out in drops or small quantities or as if in drops or small quantities

spill blood”
Synonyms:
pour forth, shed
Type of:
pour
cause to run

n liquid that is spilled

“clean up the spills
Type of:
liquid
fluid matter having no fixed shape but a fixed volume

n the act of allowing a fluid to escape

Synonyms:
release, spillage
Type of:
flow, stream
the act of flowing or streaming; continuous progression

n a channel that carries excess water over or around a dam or other obstruction

Synonyms:
spillway, wasteweir
Type of:
conduit
a passage (a pipe or tunnel) through which water or electric wires can pass

n a sudden drop from an upright position

“he had a nasty spill on the ice”
Synonyms:
fall, tumble
Types:
pratfall
a fall onto your buttocks
wipeout
a spill in some sport (as a fall from a bicycle or while skiing or being capsized on a surfboard)
Type of:
slip, trip
an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall
2

v reveal information

“The former employee spilled all the details”
Synonyms:
talk
babble, babble out, blab, blab out, let the cat out of the bag, peach, sing, spill the beans, talk, tattle
divulge confidential information or secrets
Type of:
tell
let something be known
3

v reduce the pressure of wind on (a sail)

Type of:
bring down, cut, cut back, cut down, reduce, trim, trim back, trim down
cut down on; make a reduction in

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