spilt


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Related to spilt: crying over spilt milk

spilt

 (spĭlt)
v.
A past tense and a past participle of spill1.

spilt

(spɪlt)
vb
a past tense and past participle of spill1

spill1

(spɪl)

v. spilled spilt, spill•ing, v.t.
1. to cause or allow to run or fall from a container, esp. accidentally or wastefully: to spill a glass of milk.
2. to shed (blood), as in killing or wounding.
3. to scatter: to spill papers all over the floor.
4.
a. to let the wind out of (a sail).
b. to lose (wind) from a sail.
5. to cause to fall from a horse, vehicle, or the like.
6. to divulge: to spill a secret.
v.i.
7. (of a liquid, loose particles, etc.) to run or escape from a container, as by careless handling.
8. to move in great numbers; pour out: The children spilled into the playground.
n.
9. a spilling, as of liquid.
10. a quantity spilled.
11. spillway.
12. Also called spill′ light`. superfluous or useless light rays, as from photographic lighting units.
13. a throw or fall from a horse, vehicle, or the like.
[before 950; Old English spillan, c. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German spillen, akin to Old English spildan to destroy]
spill′a•ble, adj.

spill2

(spɪl)

n.
1. a splinter.
2. a slender piece of wood or of twisted paper, for lighting candles, lamps, etc.
3. a peg made of metal.
4. a small pin for stopping a cask; spile.
[1250–1300; Middle English spille]
References in classic literature ?
O, go way, Missis,' said I; `it really hurts my feelin's, now, to see good vittles spilt dat ar way
She was a commoner, and had been sent here on her bridal night by Sir Breuse Sance Pite, a neighboring lord whose vassal her father was, and to which said lord she had refused what has since been called le droit du seigneur, and, moreover, had opposed violence to violence and spilt half a gill of his almost sacred blood.
We shut the cellar door behind us, and when they found the bag they spilt it out on the floor, and it was a lovely sight, all them yaller-boys.
Don't wail and carry on now; it's no good cryin' over spilt milk," answered Miranda.
Why my hand shook, and why I involuntarily spilt half the contents of my cup into my saucer, I did not choose to consider.