verb (used with object)
to make full; put as much as can be held into:
to fill a jar with water.
to occupy to the full capacity:
Water filled the basin. The crowd filled the hall.
to supply to an extreme degree or plentifully:
to fill a house with furniture; to fill the heart with joy.
to satisfy fully the hunger of; satiate:
The roast beef filled the diners.
to put into a receptacle:
to fill sand into a pail.
to be plentiful throughout:
Fish filled the rivers.
to extend throughout; pervade completely:
The odor filled the room.
to furnish with an occupant:
The landlord filled the vacancy yesterday.
to provide (an office or opening) with an incumbent:
The company is eager to fill the controllership.
to occupy and perform the duties of (a vacancy, position, post, etc.).
to supply the requirements or contents of (an order), as for goods; execute.
to supply (a blank space) with written matter, decorative work, etc.
to meet satisfactorily, as requirements:
This book fills a great need.
to make up, compound, or otherwise provide the contents of (a medical prescription).
to stop up or close (a cavity, hole, etc.):
to fill a tooth.
Cookery. to insert a filling into:
to fill cupcakes with custard.
to fill soaps with water.
Civil Engineering, Building Trades. to build up the level of (an area) with earth, stones, etc.
verb (used without object)
to become full:
The hall filled rapidly. Our eyes filled with tears.
to increase in atmospheric pressure:
a filling cyclone.
to become distended, as sails with the wind.
a full supply; enough to satisfy want or desire:
to eat one’s fill.
an amount of something sufficient for ; charge.
Civil Engineering, Building Trades. a quantity of earth, stones, etc., for building up the level of an area of ground:
These houses were built on fill.
the feed and water in the digestive tract of a livestock animal, especially that consumed before marketing.
fill away, Nautical.
fill and stand on, Nautical. (of a sailing vessel) to proceed on a tack after being hove to or halted facing the wind; fill away.
fill the bill. 1 (def 16).
verb (mainly transitive) often foll by up
(also intransitive) to make or become full: to fill up a bottle, the bath fills in two minutes
to occupy the whole of: the party filled two floors of the house
to plug (a gap, crevice, cavity, etc)
to meet (a requirement or need) satisfactorily
to cover (a page or blank space) with writing, drawing, etc
to hold and perform the duties of (an office or position)
to appoint or elect an occupant to (an office or position)
(building trades) to build up (ground) with fill
(also intransitive) to swell or cause to swell with wind, as in manoeuvring the sails of a sailing vessel
to increase the bulk of by adding an inferior substance
(poker) to complete (a full house, etc) by drawing the cards needed
(mainly US & Canadian) to put together the necessary materials for (a prescription or order)
(informal) fill the bill, to serve or perform adequately
material such as gravel, stones, etc, used to bring an area of ground up to a required level
one’s fill, the quantity needed to satisfy one: to eat your fill
Old English fyllan “fill up, replenish, satisfy,” from Proto-Germanic *fullijan (cf. Old Saxon fulljan, Old Norse fylla, Old Frisian fella, Dutch vullen, German füllen “to fill”), a derivative of adj. *fullaz “full” (see full (adj.)). Related: Filled.
To fill the bill (1882) originally was U.S. theatrical slang, in reference to a star whose name would be the only one on a show’s poster. To fill out “write in required matter” is recorded from 1880. Fill-in “substitute” (n.) is from 1918.
“a full supply,” mid-13c., fille, from Old English fylle, from Proto-Germanic *fullin- (cf. Old High German fulli, German Fülle, Old Norse fyllr), noun of state from *fullaz “full” (see full (adj.)). Meaning “extra material in music” is from 1934.
[fee-yuh duh zhwah] /ˌfi yə də ˈʒwɑ/ noun, plural filles de joie [fee-yuh duh zhwah] /ˌfi yə də ˈʒwɑ/ (Show IPA). French. 1. a prostitute. /fij də ʒwa/ noun (pl) filles de joie (fij də ʒwa) 1. a prostitute
noun 1. a composition consisting of gold-plating welded to and rolled with a backing of brass or other base metal, at least 1/20 (0.05) of the total weight being that of the gold. noun 1. another name (esp US) for rolled gold
noun 1. milk containing a substitute for the butterfat. filled milk n. Skim milk with vegetable oils added to substitute for butterfat.
- Filled to the brim
As full as possible; also, completely satisfied. For example, We’re filled to the brim with excitement. This expression transfers the idea of a container filled to the very top. W.S. Gilbert used it in the comic opera The Mikado (1885): “Three little maids from school are we, Filled to the brim with girlish glee.” [ […]