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Meaning of fill by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /fɪl/
    • Rhymes: -ɪl
    • Homophone: Phil

    Etymology 1

    Old English fyllan .


    fill ( third-person singular simple present fills present participle filling, simple past and past participle filled )

    1. ( transitive ) To occupy fully, to take up all of.
    2. ( transitive ) To add contents to ( a container, cavity, or the like ) so that it is full.
    3. To enter ( something ), making it full.
    4. ( intransitive ) To become full of contents .
      The bucket filled with rain .
    5. ( intransitive ) To become pervaded with something .
      My heart filled with joy .
    6. ( transitive ) To satisfy or obey ( an order, request, or requirement ) .
      The pharmacist filled my prescription for penicillin .
      We can't let the library close! It fills a great need in the community .
    7. ( transitive ) To install someone, or be installed, in ( a position or office ), eliminating a vacancy .
      Sorry, no more applicants. The position has been filled .
    8. ( transitive ) To treat ( a tooth ) by adding a dental filling to it.
    Derived terms
    Related terms
    • fulfil, fulfill

    Etymology 2

    Old English fyllu, from Proto-Germanic *fullīn. Cognate with German Fülle .


    fill ( plural: fills )

    1. ( after a possessive ) A sufficient or more than sufficient amount .
      Don't feed him anymore, he's had his fill .
    2. An amount that fills a container .
      The mixer returned to the plant for another fill .
    3. The filling of a container .
      That machine can do 20 fills a minute .
    4. Inexpensive material used to occupy empty spaces, especially in construction .
      The ruins of earlier buildings were used as fill for more recent construction .
    5. ( archaeology ) Soil and/or human-created debris discovered within a cavity and exposed by excavation; fill soil .
    Derived terms

Explanation of fill by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. plug with a substance

    2. fill a cavity
    3. become full

    4. The pool slowly filled with water
      The theater filled up slowly
    5. make full, also in a metaphorical sense

    6. fill a container
      fill the child with pride
    7. fill or meet a want or need

    8. fill to satisfaction

    9. eat until one is sated

    10. He filled up on turkey
    11. appoint someone to ( a position or a job )

    12. assume, as of positions or roles

    13. occupy the whole of

    14. The liquid fills the container
    1. a quantity sufficient to satisfy

    2. he ate his fill of potatoes
      she had heard her fill of gossip
    3. any material that fills a space or container

    4. there was not enough fill for the trench

    Definition of fill by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Fill n. [See Thill.] One of the thills or shafts of a carriage. Mortimer.

      Fill horse, a thill horse. Shak.

    2. Fill, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Filled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Filling.] [OE. fillen, fullen, AS. fyllan, fr. full full; akin to D. vullen, G. füllen, Icel. fylla, Sw. fylla, Dan. fylde, Goth. fulljan. See Full, a.]
      1. To make full; to supply with as much as can be held or contained; to put or pour into, till no more can be received; to occupy the whole capacity of.

      The rain also filleth the pools. Ps. lxxxiv. 6.

      Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. Anf they filled them up to the brim. John ii. 7.

      2. To furnish an abudant supply to; to furnish with as mush as is desired or desirable; to occupy the whole of; to swarm in or overrun.

      And God blessed them, saying. Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas. Gen. i. 22.

      The Syrians filled the country. 1 Kings xx. 27.

      3. To fill or supply fully with food; to feed; to satisfy.

      Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fillso great a multitude? Matt. xv. 33.

      Things that are sweet and fat are more filling. Bacon.

      4. To possess and perform the duties of; to officiate in, as an incumbent; to occupy; to hold; as, “a king fills a throne; the president fills the office of chief magistrate; the speaker of the House fills the chair.”

      5. To supply with an incumbent; as, “to fill an office or a vacancy”. A. Hamilton.

      6. ( Naut. ) To press and dilate, as a sail; as, “the wind filled the sails”. To trim ( a yard ) so that the wind shall blow on the after side of the sails.

      7. ( Civil Engineering ) To make an embankment in, or raise the level of ( a low place ), with earth or gravel.

      To fill in, to insert; as, he filled in the figures. -- To fill out, to extend or enlarge to the desired limit; to make complete; as, to fill out a bill. -- To fill up, to make quite full; to fill to the brim or entirely; to occupy completely; to complete. “The bliss that fills up all the mind.” Pope. “And fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ.” Col. i. 24.

    3. Fill v. i.
      1. To become full; to have the whole capacity occupied; to have an abundant supply; to be satiated; as, “corn fills well in a warm season; the sail fills with the wind.”

      2. To fill a cup or glass for drinking.

      Give me some wine; fill full. Shak.

      To back and fill. See under Back, v. i. -- To fill up, to grow or become quite full; as, the channel of the river fills up with sand.

    4. Fill, n. [AS. fyllo. See Fill, v. t.]
      1. A full supply, as much as supplies want; as much as gives complete satisfaction. “Ye shall eat your fill.” Lev. xxv. 19.

      I'll bear thee hence, where I may weep my fill. Shak.

      2. That which fills; filling; filler; specif., an embankment, as in railroad construction, to fill a hollow or ravine; also, the place which is to be filled.