verb (used with object)
- 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.
verb (used without object)
- to fall off the wind and proceed on a board.
- to brace the yards, so that sails that have been aback will stand full.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of fill
Synonyms for fill
Related Words for fillload, lade, clog, crowd, supply, swell, saturate, block, permeate, stuff, store, close, cram, overflow, top, furnish, pack, occupy, hold, name
Examples from the Web for fill
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of fill
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
verb (mainly tr often foll by up)
Word Origin 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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with fill
- filled to the brim
- fill in
- fill out
- fill someone's shoes
- fill the bill
- back and fill
- get one's fill of
Also see underfull.