spill·​age | \ ˈspi-lij How to pronounce spillage (audio) \

Definition of spillage

1 : the act or process of spilling
2 : the quantity that spills : material lost or scattered by spilling

Examples of spillage in a Sentence

The design of this travel mug helps prevent spillage.
Recent Examples on the Web The cheese spillage that catches between the pan and the pizza crust caramelizes into a nice little lattice. Los Angeles Times, "The official frozen pizza power rankings," 27 Jan. 2021 Strategies were devised to prevent the spillage of blood. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, "Awaiting Voting Results, New York Becomes Plywood City," 9 Nov. 2020 Then, using your funnel to avoid spillage, fill each jar with halved tomatoes. Rachel Feltman, Popular Science, "How to can your favorite foods without dying," 13 Oct. 2020 The couple met in SoDo, at a now-shuttered brunch favorite from the way-back called OLV Café over the copious and colorful spillage at its oft-raucous mimosa bar. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Uncommonly good takeout in Curry Ford West," 8 Oct. 2020 Tests so far haven’t linked the deaths to the spillage. Kamlesh Bhuckory, Bloomberg.com, "Dolphin Death Mystery Stokes Anger in Mauritius After Oil Spill," 31 Aug. 2020 Each tumbler comes with two lids—the slider or the flip lid—each of which will decrease the risk of spillage and leaking. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Tuesday," 1 Sep. 2020 The request comes after Mauritius’s Prime Minister, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, said last month that his government is seeking compensation from those responsible for the spillage. Bloomberg.com, "Mauritius Asks Japan for Fitted Fishing Trawlers After Oil Spill," 1 Sep. 2020 Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth said his government is working with the ship's owners to try to prevent any further spillage. Andrew Meldrum, Star Tribune, "Urgent pumping removes oil from ship grounded near Mauritius," 11 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of spillage

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of spillage was in 1924

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10 Feb 2021

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“Spillage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spillage. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spillage

formal : an occurrence in which something is spilled accidentally

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