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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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As they swung on the turn the sled went over, spilling half its load through the loose lashings.
I stood motionless, a roll of antiseptic cotton in my hand unwinding and spilling itself down to the floor.
I suppose I dodged them up and down this sofa for at least a quarter of an hour, without reaching them once; and by the time I did catch them, the brandy-and-water was diminished, by constant spilling, to a teaspoonful.
The new Kochblume Spill Stopper from Kuhn Rikon prevents boiling liquids from spilling or overflowing onto the stovetop.
The second spill happened in April, when a driver backed into a pump at the Texaco Masaya station, spilling more than 12,400 liters.
Stormy seas tore open a 26-year-old tanker along Spain's northern coast last month, spilling about 2 million gallons of oil into the Atlantic Ocean.
The PUD dams have a generating capacity of 2,000 megawatts, and are currently spilling about 50 percent of the river flow to protect young migrants, including listed spring chinook salmon and steelhead.
The subpoena demands ``any and all records, notes, memoranda, photographs and documents relating to the discharge, spilling or threatened discharge or spilling of wastewater, including untreated and partially treated sewage, from the Hill Canyon treatment plant and/or its pipelines into Conejo Creek or other waters of the state, during the period 1985 to the present.
Across the United States, birds are either getting killed or pushed out of their preferred habitats by, among others, vacationers building summer homes or just jogging along the beach, loggers shaping forests to their liking, and tanker captains accidentally spilling their cargo along shorelines.
Just a month after the January 1996 Rhode Island spill, the supertanker Sea Empress grounded near the coast of Wales, spilling more than 20 million gallons of oil into the Celtic Sea.