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.
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Idioms for fill
Origin of fill
OTHER WORDS FROM fillfill·a·ble, adjectivehalf-filled, adjectiveun·filled, adjectivewell-filled, adjective
Words nearby fill
Example sentences from the Web for fill
I ate my fill of dulce de leche ice cream with a plastic spoon as it grew cool and viscous at the edges and felt like I’d won a prize.
The top of the pad is constructed with 400 thread count 100 percent cotton fabric, and the pad is filled with alternative down fill.The best mattress protectors for ensuring your bed lasts a long time|PopSci Commerce Team|January 19, 2021|Popular Science
It’s made from shredded memory foam that is easily added to, using extra fill to customize the shape and support specific areas.
The package even comes with a separate fill bag, so you won’t need to place another order.
There are also latex fill pillows, which are reasonably firm and will hold their shape.
But politicians abhor a rhetorical vacuum, and they have clamored to fill it.
His regular partner was late that day, and Police Officer Wenjian Liu volunteered to fill in.
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Jesse Lawrence|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
To fill up the time till Liszt came, our hostess made us play, one after the other, beginning with the latest arrival.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
It was not an exalted niche to fill in life, but at least she had learned to fill it to perfection, and her ambitions were modest.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
It's good for nothing but to choke a man and fill him full of smoke and embers.
“Now this is what I call real felicity,” observed the major, pulling out a pipe which he proceeded to fill.Hunting the Lions|R.M. Ballantyne
There was a moment's pause, and Doa Inez returned into the saloon, which was now beginning rapidly to fill.
British Dictionary definitions for fill
verb (mainly tr often foll by up)
Word Origin for fill
Idioms and Phrases with fill
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.