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[spil-oh-ver] /ˈspɪlˌoʊ vər/
the act of spilling over.
a quantity of something spilled over; overflow.
Origin of spillover
1940-45; noun use of verb phrase spill over Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Perhaps some millennial spillover runs through the makeup of what is now one of the world's ticking hot spots.
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  • News industry's depression has spillover implications.
  • The initiative is motivated largely by national security concerns but is expected to have spillover economic benefits.
  • Most of the routes built as a result of the mania eventually proved viable, and the spillover effects were immense.
  • But the actual figure could be much higher, depending on spillover effects and the response from the private sector.
  • So far, there has been no sign of such a spillover effect this time around.
  • Part of it also can be traced to a me-too spillover from the diagnostic arena.
  • Minimizing displacement by maximizing the spillover gap.
  • Of course there is violence along the border- spillover of criminal organizations and spillover crime and intimidation.
British Dictionary definitions for spillover

spill over

(intransitive, adverb) to overflow or be forced out of an area, container, etc
(mainly US & Canadian) the act of spilling over
(mainly US & Canadian) the excess part of something
(economics) any indirect effect of public expenditure
(astronomy) the part of the noise associated with a radio telescope using a dish antenna caused by pick-up by a secondary antenna from directions that do not intercept the dish
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Word Origin and History for spillover

1940, from verbal phrase, from spill (v.) + over (adv.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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