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.

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Friday’s downturn in stock prices is having some modest spillover effects in the corporate-bond market as traders react to falling Treasury yields and the latest bad economic data out of Europe. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Corporate Bonds Mostly Weather Storm as Stocks, Treasury Yields Fall," 22 Mar. 2019 And no forecasting model adequately captures the spillovers and spillbacks between the U.S. economy and the rest of the world. Kevin Warsh, WSJ, "Fed Tightening? Not Now," 16 Dec. 2018 There’s only one way the U.S. could monetize the spillover benefits of its military spending, and even Mr. Trump would never do it. F.h. Buckley, WSJ, "Make Free Riders Pay? Easier Said Than Done," 30 Aug. 2018 Much of its collection is spillover from the Capitoline Museums while its floors feature large mosaics of hunting scenes and are instagrammable in themselves. Laura Itzkowitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "Rome's Art & Architecture: Our Guide," 5 Mar. 2018 China’s economic slowdown has deepened, and that will likely have spillover effects on Asia’s emerging markets. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "The One Sure Thing About Trade," 27 Dec. 2018 Other results not included in the table sometimes point to negative spillover effects on nearby areas, suggesting that enterprise zones largely rearrange the location of jobs rather than creating more of them. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Paul Ryan’s farewell address contained a blaze of nonsense about poverty," 20 Dec. 2018 Airlines warned the spillover effect could affect travel on Friday. Robert Wall, WSJ, "U.K. Airport Remains Closed After Drones Disrupt Travel," 20 Dec. 2018 But there are mixed results on how much spillover impact such a measure traditionally has on other races. Summer Ballentine, The Seattle Times, "Missouri Democrats hope minimum wage measure helps McCaskill," 21 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of spillover

1940, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of spillover

: something that flows out of or spreads beyond a container, space, area, etc.

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