Pronunciation: (spil),[key] —v.,spilled or spilt, spill•ing, —n.
—v.t. 1. to cause or allow to run or fall from a container, esp. accidentally or wastefully: to spill a bag of marbles; to spill milk. 2. to shed (blood), as in killing or wounding.
3. to scatter: to spill papers all over everything. 4. Naut. a. to let the wind out of (a sail).
b. to lose (wind) from a sail.
5. to cause to fall from a horse, vehicle, or the like: His horse spilled him. 6. Informal.to divulge, disclose, or tell: Don't spill the secret. 7. spill the beans. See bean (def. 9).
—v.i. (of a liquid, loose particles, etc.) to run or escape from a container, esp. by accident or in careless handling.
—n. 1. a spilling, as of liquid.
2. a quantity spilled.
3. the mark made by something spilled.
4. a spillway.
5. Also called spill' light". superfluous or useless light rays, as from theatrical or photographic lighting units.
6. Theat.an area of a stage illuminated by spill light.
7. a throw or fall from a horse, vehicle, or the like: She broke her arm in a spill.
Pronunciation: (spil),[key] —n. 1. a splinter.
2. a slender piece of wood or of twisted paper, for lighting candles, lamps, etc.
3. a peg made of metal.
4. a small pin for stopping a cask; spile.