Definition of spillover in US English:



  • 1An instance of overflowing or spreading into another area.

    ‘there has been a spillover into public schools of the ethos of private schools’
    • ‘What we object to is the spillover into the ordinary criminal-justice system.’
    • ‘It is not clear why this should be an end in itself, unless we believe there are spillovers from capital accumulation.’
    • ‘This acceleration provides evidence consistent with the spillovers from information technologies into non-IT industries.’
    • ‘However, the spillover or transmission of emotions from one setting to another provides a useful conceptual lens for examining and measuring these work-family linkages.’
    • ‘Should it turn into a disorderly rout then there would inevitably be a spillover into other markets and into the real economy.’
    • ‘As the map shown earlier illustrates, use of child soldiers has a certain geographic clustering, perhaps indicating cross-border spillovers.’
    • ‘By contrast, secure individuals were likely to experience a positive spillover of satisfaction at home to the workplace, as well as in the opposite direction.’
    • ‘All three are concerned about the potential spillover of unrest from Central Asia across their borders.’
    • ‘Second, there are positive spillovers in the form of increased social capital for communities when residents are homeowners.’
    • ‘At present they are not charged for the spillover into the Irish market.’
    • ‘The actual scale of the economy used in estimation is of little consequence as long as knowledge spillovers within the economy are reasonably complete.’
    • ‘A wide range of conventional weapons were introduced into Afghanistan, and their spillover into neighbouring Pakistan was cynically labelled as the growth of the ‘Kalashnikov culture.’’
    • ‘Firm O has relied on one core firm for access to the Japanese market, and its own knowledge of this market is limited and internalized, generating few spillovers within British Columbia.’
    • ‘Additional linkages may arise due to information spillovers, whereby industrial clustering may lead to the improved flow of information between local firms.’
    • ‘French doors open from the dining room, which is convenient for handling the spillover from holiday gatherings.’
    • ‘Secrecy also reduces spillovers in the reverse direction.’
    • ‘Given the likely significance of knowledge spillovers across industries it is important to use an economy wide measure of the patent rate.’
    • ‘New to this list is Phoenix, which more than doubled its Hispanic population over the 1990s - thanks to direct immigration and a spillover from California.’
    • ‘The Americanisation of the world often seems to result from a reaction to external events or a spillover of domestic forces rather than a projection of power and political will.’
    • ‘The impetus for this came from a decade-long boom in capital investment, technological progress, and spillovers from improved business processes.’
    spill over, flow over, run over, brim over, well over, slop over, slosh over, pour forth, stream forth, flood, discharge, surge, debouch
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    1. 1.1 A thing that spreads or has spread into another area.
      ‘the village was a spillover from a neighboring, larger village’
      • ‘However, this time, the spillover washed over all aspects of pop culture, spreading far and wide from the hardcore fan base.’
      • ‘Last night, two people overnighted in accident and emergency and on Sunday, there was a spillover of 12 there.’
      • ‘In the next two months, the 14 patients at the unit will be turfed out to make room for the spillover from the overcrowded St Joseph's general hospital in the South Tipperary town.’
      • ‘There is of course a local dimension to this in which pollution spillovers such as smoke, acid rain, radioactive fallout, or fouled lakes, rivers, and seas become an issue in regional international relations.’
      • ‘Tent camps sprang up around the city to take the spillover from hotels.’
    2. 1.2usually as modifier An unexpected consequence, repercussion, or byproduct.
      ‘the spillover effect of the quarrel’
      • ‘The Japanese economy is in a prolonged slump, owing mostly to fragility in its financial sector and to spillover effects of the Asian financial crisis.’
      • ‘This spillover effect can lead to the creation of standards within an industry.’
      • ‘Nor did he intend for the single tax to regulate the production of external spillover effects of private actions.’
      • ‘Indeed, most productivity improvements had similar multiple spillover effects.’
      • ‘Paternal job and income loss appear to have adverse spillover effects on children, and these effects might well be detected early by alert teachers and school counselors.’
      • ‘Finally, research and development in rich countries appears to benefit poor countries through spillover effects.’
      • ‘This may create political pressures for increased government involvement in the application of genomic knowledge that could have spillovers to other sectors of the economy.’
      • ‘In fact, there is likely to be a spillover effect as visitors to London follow suit and board the coaches to reach the capital.’
      • ‘Governments, through regulations, laws, and international treaties, have mandated procedures such as customs requirements that have spillover effects that may improve security.’
      • ‘The text emphasizes that agricultural management strategies and techniques influence other ecosystems, and that this interaction has spillover effects on the entire landscape, in fact, the planet.’
      • ‘That is, attendance at university makes you smarter, and thus has spillover effects that are good.’
      • ‘And, ominously, it includes use of chemical weapons without regard for their spillover effect on the enemy's own troops and civilians.’
      • ‘The spillover economic benefits of reunification also have a political payoff, integrating the countries of the region in a set of cooperative commercial relationships.’
      • ‘Second, if the top story is very influential, it may increase the total visits to the site and there may be a spillover effect.’
      • ‘The 1999 war in Angola had spillover effects on Namibia, showing how conflict in one state can influence its neighbors.’
      • ‘That's why, even though the inventory correction directly affects just a small segment of the economy, it has large spillover effects.’
      • ‘Inflate today and the consequences (as we are witnessing) will be, first and foremost, rising asset prices, with only spillover effects for goods, services and labor markets.’
      • ‘This role, by necessity, has a spillover effect into budgetary and evaluation concerns.’
      • ‘The discoveries made will also have important spillover benefits in diagnosing and treating other diseases.’
      • ‘The disaster will also have spillover effects in the short term on other countries in the region and on related industries such as airlines.’