spillage

noun
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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Mattis visited an air base north of Ho Chi Minh City that was heavily contaminated in the late 1960s and early 1970s by American forces through storage and spillage of the chemical defoliant Agent Orange. Robert Burns, The Seattle Times, "US defense secretary sees the enduring costs of Vietnam War," 16 Oct. 2018 According to manufacturers, robot bartenders are money savers, cutting down on spillage, eliminating employee theft and ensuring consistency. Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "Robots Are Ready to Shake (and Stir) Up Bars," 19 July 2018 Drain the radiator into a pan, with as little spillage as possible. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste Without Damaging the Environment," 9 Oct. 2018 Most of the heavy-metal-laden spillage went into the driveway, and thence into the gutter and storm drains. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste Without Damaging the Environment," 9 Oct. 2018 By midday Monday, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality reported two waste lagoons that had been breached, seven where heavy rain caused spillage over the top, and four that were inundated with floodwaters. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Florence Pushes Some North Carolina Dams to the Brink," 17 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of spillage

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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spill

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Spillane

spill box

spillet

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The first known use of spillage was in 1924

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spillage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spillage

: an occurrence in which something is spilled accidentally

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