[fil-ing] /ˈfɪl ɪŋ/
an act or instance of filling.
something that is put in to fill something else:
They used sand as filling for the depression.
Dentistry. a substance such as cement, amalgam, gold, or the like, used to fill a cavity caused by decay in a tooth.
a food mixture that goes into something, as if to fill it:
sandwich filling; pie filling.
Also called pick, weft, woof. Textiles. yarn carried by the shuttle and interlacing at right angles with the warp in woven cloth.
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).
the substance or thing used to fill a space or container: pie filling
(textiles) another term for weft
(of food or a meal) substantial and satisfying
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
verbal noun from fill (v.). Dentistry sense is from 1848. Filling station attested by 1921.
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.
filling fill·ing (fĭl’ĭng)
Material, such as amalgam, gold, or a synthetic resin, used to fill a cavity in a tooth.
- Filling defect
filling defect n. A defect in the contour of part of the gastrointestinal tract, as seen by x-ray after contrast medium has been introduced, indicating the presence of a tumor or foreign body.
noun 1. . noun 1. a knitting process in which the yarn is knitted horizontally and in a circular form.
noun 1. (def 1). noun 1. a place where petrol and other supplies for motorists are sold noun phrase A very small town; jerkwater town (1940s+)
[fil-uh-peen] /ˌfɪl əˈpin/ noun 1. .