Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The process of becoming spoiled.
  • n. The condition of being spoiled.
  • n. Something that has been spoiled.
  • n. The degree to which something has been spoiled.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The part of something that has spoiled.
  • n. The process of spoiling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In printing, paper spoiled or wasted in presswork.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the amount that has spoiled
  • n. the process of becoming spoiled
  • n. the act of spoiling something by causing damage to it

Etymologies

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spoil +‎ -age

Examples

  • The key to preventing spoilage is making sure the steaks are absolutely dry.

    Oh, Cecina!

  • But if you don't mind rumors that may have a little 'spoilage' factor with them, Comic Mix has a boatload of speculation and spoilers for season 5.

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  • He thinks all the examples of "spoilage" are Kerry votes that are tossed for no good reason, and he offers no proof whatsoever that anchors that into place.

    "Commander 'N Thief", a must-see documentary by Tom O'Brien

  • But many elections have been manipulated through obstacles to registration, differential treatment of absentee ballots by county and demographic group, artificially long lines and other voting mishaps in poor precincts, and disproportionate vote "spoilage," wherein poor precincts can "lose" ten percent or more of the votes that are cast despite these other obstacles.

    Interview: Professor Steven F. Freeman on Vote Manipulation In America

  • This "spoilage" has occurred for decades, but it reached unprecedented heights in the last two presidential elections.

    Recipe for a Cooked Election

  • Add in states too shy to report to Washington, the total "spoilage" jumps to a rotten 1,389,231.

    Recipe for a Cooked Election

  • Food that was received first is dispatched first, except in the case of reconstituted and damaged food where storekeepers must use their judgment and consider other factors such as spoilage, infestation and shelf life.

    1. General

  • · Records should also indicate any problems (such as spoilage due to a leaking warehouse).

    Chapter 6

  • She said she doesn't think the workers are spoiled, but that the country's system of entitlements have "spoiled our citizenry" and caused a "spoilage" in our ability to return the jobless to the workforce, she told Jon Ralston on Face to Face.

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  • Angle has backed away from calling unemployment insurance "spoilage" and the fund for BP oil spill victims "a slush fund."

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  • "The most popular explanation for the love of spices in the Middle Ages is that they were used to preserve meat from spoiling, or to cover up the taste of meat that had already gone off. This compelling but false idea constitutes something of an urban legend, a story so instinctively attractive that mere fact seems unable to wipe it out. Actually, spices don't do much to preserve meat compared with salting, smoking, pickling, or air curing. The bad taste of spoiled meat, in any event, won't be substantially allayed by spices, or anything else. ...

    Spices were very expensive, and meat was relatively cheap. ... an entire pig could be had for the price of a pound of the cheapest spice, pepper. ... Given the cost, trying to improve dubious meat with cloves or nutmeg would have been perverse, something like slicing Italian white truffles (currently upward of 800 dollars per pound) to liven up the taste of a fast-food cheeseburger."

    Paul Freedman, Out of the East: Spices and the Medieval Imagination (New Haven and London: Yale UP, 2008), 3, 4.

    October 9, 2017