spillover

noun, often attributive
spill·​over | \ ˈspil-ˌō-vər How to pronounce spillover (audio) \

Definition of spillover

1 : the act or an instance of spilling over
2 : a quantity that spills over
3 : an extension of something especially when an excess exists benefiting from a spillover of prosperity from neighboring states

Examples of spillover in a Sentence

Put a pan under the pie to catch any spillovers. New technology has a positive spillover effect into countless fields.
Recent Examples on the Web Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi directly addressed President Biden and the NATO chief in warning of prospects for a spillover. Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2022 Meet Fani Willis, the DA who could charge him With Russia poised for a larger invasion of Ukraine, the related fears for a spillover of cyberwarfare in the U.S. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2022 Indeed, the very fact that the U.S. is sending troops to Romania and Poland, creating in effect a cordon sanitaire, shows that Biden is far more concerned about spillover from a war in Ukraine than Ukraine itself. Michael A. Cohen, The New Republic, 11 Feb. 2022 The announcements on new aid came against the backdrop of International Monetary Fund and World Bank spring meetings this week dominated by conversations over how to manage the spillover from Russia’s war in Ukraine. Aamer Madhani, Chicago Tribune, 21 Apr. 2022 The announcements on new aid came against the backdrop of International Monetary Fund and World Bank spring meetings this week dominated by conversations over how to manage the spillover from Russia’s war in Ukraine. Aamer Madhani, Robert Burns And Darlene Superville, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Apr. 2022 The spillover from the investor disappointment has also affected other streaming providers, including Disney and Warner Bros. Discovery. Chris Morris, Fortune, 20 Apr. 2022 This mink farm spillover also demonstrates the importance of continued COVID-19 monitoring in wildlife. Detroit Free Press, 17 Apr. 2022 The Russian invasion of Ukraine — and how world powers should manage the spillover to economies — will take center stage. Fatima Hussein, ajc, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of spillover

1940, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

7 May 2022

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“Spillover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spillover. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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