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spill

(spil),
An overflow; a scattering of fluid or finely divided matter.

spill

The unintended release of a fluid from a container or receptacle; hazardous spills include radioactive spills and chemical spills.

spill

(spĭl) [AS. spillan, to squander]
1. To flow out of or release; in medicine, said of a substance that cannot be maintained in the body by one of its organs, esp. the kidneys. In diabetes mellitus, for example, the kidneys spill sugar into the urine. In the nephrotic syndrome, they spill protein.
2. An overflow.

cellular spill

A dissemination of cells through the lymph or the blood resulting in metastasis.

radioactive spill

A release of radioactive materials into the environment.
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8 million gallons of oil spilled before the leak could be plugged.
A dropped or spilled vial, instrument, or container contributed to 42% (n = 22) of the releases.
Then on March 10, just as a team of 16 experts organized by the United Nations Environment Programme finished sampling and assessing the 500-mile stretch of affected waterways, mine water spilled again in the breach of another Romanian dam.
Yesterdays spill comes less than two weeks after Shell spilled nearly 90,000 gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, just after the one year anniversary of Plains All American Pipelines spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, CA.
Moreover, he adds, removing spilled oil by burning requires "minimal equipment and much less labor than any other technique.
Having spill prevention plans in place increases the likelihood that if an accident occurs, spilled oil will be contained and cleaned up.
And of the 828,000 gallons of oil spilled, a mere 16 percent, or 129,000 gallons, were recovered.
He and his colleagues measured chemical markers within the tar balls that distinguish them from the Alaskan crude oil spilled by Exxon's vessel.