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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.
References in classic literature ?
The ceiling appears to have had coffee spilt all over it, and the ornaments--well, they are worse than the wallpaper.
The donkeys fell down and spilt us over their heads occasionally, but there was nothing for it but to mount and hurry on again.
He gulped down a mouthful, and some of it was spilt on his shirt-front.
It's no good crying over spilt milk, because all the forces of the universe were bent on spilling it.
As she spoke she tossed her head back, the Pail fell off it, and all the milk was spilt.