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

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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 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of spillage

formal : an occurrence in which something is spilled accidentally

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