Spilling something is to drop it or pour it out. When you spill coffee on your shirt, you're causing stains.

  • He spilled his coffee all over the table.

  • The water was spilling out of the faucet, and it was starting to flood the room.

Definition of spilling


To drop something so that it spreads out or makes a mess; to accidentally pour.


To spread out or fall out, as above.


To drop something that was intended to be caught.


To mar; to damage; to destroy by misuse; to waste.


To be destroyed, ruined, or wasted; to come to ruin; to perish; to waste.


To cause to flow out and be lost or wasted; to shed.


To cover or decorate with slender pieces of wood, metal, ivory, etc.; to inlay.


To relieve a sail from the pressure of the wind, so that it can be more easily reefed or furled, or to lessen the strain.


(Australian politics) To open the leadership of a parliamentary party for re-election.


To reveal information to an uninformed party.


(of a knot). To come undone.


The act of dropping or spreading out of a fluid or particles.


The action of spreading out in the manner of a fluid.

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Example Sentences for spilling

  • 1

    The water was spilled on the floor.

  • 2

    It's confirmed the cause of the 'spill' was a blowout.

  • 3

    An investigation is underway as to the cause of the Australia spill.

  • 4

    He spilled milk on my mat.

  • 5

    The Papua macaque problem is comparative to a spill.

  • 6

    The best of the wine is spilled early in the engagement.

  • 7

    The clinkers spill out at the end of the cylinder.

  • 8

    The excess spilled over the dam and into the river.

  • 9

    Aldra is visibly disturbed by the spilling of the sacred milk.

  • 10

    Spill the streets of the Shining City with the blood of angels