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.
- filing clerk,
- fill away,
- fill in,
- fill light,
- fill out,
- fill someone's shoes
Origin of fill
Examples from the Web for fill
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
They will go, and be swallowed up, and more will go to fill their places.The Crisis, Complete|Winston Churchill
And setting our Guardes or Centinels, we beganne to fill water.
"Teddy mustn't 'ave any," he said, sharply, as she prepared to fill that gentleman's glass.At Sunwich Port, Complete|W.W. Jacobs
The retort ought to fill the furnace, so as to leave only the distance of an inch between it and the inside of the furnace.Elements of the Theory and Practice of Chymistry, 5th ed.|Pierre Joseph Macquer
Bore small holes in the bottom of a barrel, place four bricks around, and fill the barrel with ashes.The American Frugal Housewife|Lydia M. Child
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.