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Definition of spill noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(formal spillage) [countable, uncountable] an act of letting a liquid come or fall out of a container; the amount of liquid that comes or falls out Many seabirds died as a result of the oil spill. I wiped up the coffee spills on the table.
  2. 2[countable] a long match, or a thin piece of twisted paper, used for lighting fires, oil lamps, etc.
  3. 3[countable, usually singular] a fall, especially from a bicycle or a boat to take a spill
  4. Idioms
    (the) thrills and chills/spills (informal)
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    the excitement that is involved in dangerous or scary activities or movies a slickly paced thriller that provides viewers with multiple thrills and chills Experience the thrills and spills of surfing!
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: spill