- 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 distend (a sail) by pressure of the wind so as to impart headway to a vessel.
- to brace (a yard) so that the sail will catch the wind on its after side.
- to adulterate: to fill soaps with water.
- Civil Engineering, Building Trades. to build up the level of (an area) with earth, stones, etc.
- 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 filling; 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.Compare backfill.
- the feed and water in the digestive tract of a livestock animal, especially that consumed before marketing.
- fill away, Nautical.
- to fall off the wind and proceed on a board.
- to brace the yards, so that sails that have been aback will stand full.
- fill in,
- to supply missing or desired information: Fill in the facts of your business experience.
- to complete by adding detail, as a design or drawing: to fill in a sketch with shadow.
- to substitute for: to fill in for a colleague who is ill.
- to fill with some material: to fill in a crack with putty.
- Informal.to supply (someone) with information: Please fill me in on the morning news.
- fill out,
- to complete (a document, list, etc.) by supplying missing or desired information.
- to become larger, fuller, or rounder, as the figure: The children have begun to fill out since I saw them last.
- fill up,
- to fill completely: to fill up a glass; to fill up a fuel tank.
- to become completely filled: The riverbed filled up as a result of the steady rains.
- 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. bill1(def 16).
Origin of fill
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Examples from the Web for fill
But politicians abhor a rhetorical vacuum, and they have clamored to fill it.The 2014 Novel of the Year
December 29, 2014
His regular partner was late that day, and Police Officer Wenjian Liu volunteered to fill in.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
They are afflicted with “progressive spiritual emptiness,” he said, which no amount of academic honors and degrees can fill.Pope Francis Denounces the Vatican Elite’s 'Spiritual Alzheimer’s'
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 23, 2014
It got so bad, that the school resorted to “Groupon-like services” to fill seats.Is Any College Football Coach Worth $60 Million? Jim Harbaugh Is
December 20, 2014
They were allowed to bring one bag per family, which most fill with food.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 15, 2014
There are plenty of other people ready to fill in the shadows.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
What's Lanning done that he has a right to fill Allister's place with us?Way of the Lawless
"Come, George, fill up your glass," said Ashton repeatedly; but George declined.Life in London
I will sign you a blank cheque, which your uncle can fill up with the amount he has stolen.Weighed and Wanting
It is for me to fill your cups again, since you have drained them to my dear lads of the white jerkin.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
- (also intr) to make or become fullto fill up a bottle; the bath fills in two minutes
- to occupy the whole ofthe 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 intr) 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 and Canadian to put together the necessary materials for (a prescription or order)
- fill the bill informal 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 oneto eat your fill
Word Origin and History for 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.