spill·age | \ˈspi-lij \

Definition of spillage 

1 : the act or process of spilling

2 : the quantity that spills : material lost or scattered by spilling

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Whales that live off the coast of Seattle, Tacoma and other cities are effectively urban whales buffeted by municipal and industrial waste, and the occasional spillage from wastewater treatment plants into the ocean. New York Times, "Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing," 9 July 2018 The spillage draws the occasional rat, which Ceresa really hopes the snake will get around to eating, too. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Snakes? Why did it have to be snakes? Because they serve an important role.," 4 July 2018 The Nelson County Dispatch is still evaluating the spillage, but things aren't looking too good. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "3 headlines: Nautical news, how your flag shirt isn't patriotic and bourbon breakdown," 4 July 2018 On a lighter note, a container that fell off a commercial ship in 2006 resulted in massive cargo spillage: Thousands of bags of Doritos bobbed ashore. John Bordsen, USA TODAY, "N.C.'s haul from ‘native son’ Blackbeard's 300th anniversary: Tourist gold," 22 June 2018 The pond spillage at the 1,447-acre mine was mostly water, sand, clay and silt, according to Hi-Crush officials who’ve maintained the spill has had no health or environmental impacts. Washington Post, "Tests show toxic heavy metals near Wisconsin sand mine spill," 7 June 2018 There's also zero light spillage, meaning neighbors won't be bothered by the lights. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Lights To Be Installed At Canton High School Field," 29 May 2018 Show off your plane food prep game and pack your herby bowl of farro, olives, and lemon in this crystal clear plastic container whose leak-proof lid will leave your carry-on free of any vinaigrette spillage. Elaheh Nozari, Bon Appetit, "5 Leak-Proof Containers for Safely Stowing Your Airplane Food," 10 May 2018 The result included a 25-foot train and a spare skirt in case of spillages. Karen Yossman, latimes.com, "Who made Meghan Markle's wedding dress? Few know for sure, but bookmakers put the odds on Ralph & Russo," 17 May 2018

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1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of spillage

: an occurrence in which something is spilled accidentally

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