Meaning of spoilage

spoil•age

Pronunciation: (spoi'lij), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of spoiling or the state of being spoiled.
  2. material or the amount of material that is spoiled or wasted: The spoilage in today's shipment is much too great.
  3. the decay of foodstuffs due to the action of bacteria; rotting: He was concerned about the spoilage of fruit on the way to market.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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