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

spoil +‎ -age (Wiktionary)

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.

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  • 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.

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  • · 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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