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 Choosing or modifying feeders to have a catch pan on the base can prevent most spillage from reaching the ground. oregonlive, "How to put out the welcome mat for birds this winter," 29 Oct. 2019 Police notified the Department of Public Works about the spillage. BostonGlobe.com, "TOO EARLY FOR CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS?," 20 Oct. 2019 This can cause some spillage, so this may not be the best option for children. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "Plastic straws are trash. Are there alternatives that don't suck?," 16 Aug. 2019 When the toddler ran for the patio, the dad dashed after him, beer held aloft, toddling himself to avoid spillage. Andrew Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "Kid-friendly taprooms booming in the East Bay. Is that a good thing?," 13 Aug. 2019 Balancing a wine glass on the flat part of the couch sets a high risk of spillage and leaving stains. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "This Genius Cup Holder Will Totally Transform Your Netflix Marathons," 21 Mar. 2019 Kim says that their faucet has really high pressure, and there's never any spillage because of the design. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Kim Kardashian Finally Explains Her Basin-Less Sink," 18 Apr. 2019 Look out for spillage, a band that doesn't lay horizontal, and tightness even on the last hook — all signs your bra is too small. Amanda Hawkins, Good Housekeeping, "4 Signs It's Time for New Underwear and Bras," 9 Feb. 2019 The company said that spillage also reached the nearby community of Vila Ferteco, home to some of the workers and their families. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "Around 200 People Missing, Seven Dead, After Dam Bursts in Brazil," 25 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of spillage

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Nov 2019

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“Spillage.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spillage. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of spillage

formal : an occurrence in which something is spilled accidentally

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