spoilage

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noun spoil·age \ˈspȯi-lij\

Definition of spoilage

  1. 1 :  the act or process of spoiling; especially :  the process of decay in foodstuffs

  2. 2 :  something spoiled or wasted

  3. 3 :  loss by spoilage

Examples of spoilage in a sentence

  1. The milk should be refrigerated to prevent spoilage.

  2. <in the days before refrigeration, spoilage was a constant problem>

1597

First Known Use of spoilage

1597


SPOILAGE Defined for English Language Learners

spoilage

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noun spoil·age \ˈspȯi-lij\

Definition of spoilage for English Language Learners

  • : the process or result of decaying


SPOILAGE Defined for Kids

spoilage

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noun spoil·age \ˈspȯi-lij\

Definition of spoilage for Students

  1. :  the process or result of the decay of food


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