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
Examples from the Web for filled
Contemporary Examples of filled
Mr. Bachner stayed because he realized the city is filled with artisans and the possibilities fascinated him.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
January 6, 2015
Instead of lights and gifts, this one is filled with broken promises and guilt.Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail
December 30, 2014
If 2014 was any indication, the coming TV schedule is sure to be filled with plenty of water-cooler shows.Four TV Shows We Can’t Wait to Return In 2015
December 22, 2014
The forests were lush and filled with life, from giant snakes to monkeys.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
Veterinarians may continue prescribing the old-fashioned way, without exemption, as can prescriptions to be filled out of state.No More Paper Prescriptions: Docs Fight Fraud by Going Electronic
December 18, 2014
Historical Examples of filled
But there is one subject, on which my mind is filled with foreboding.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
They filled two bottles they had remaining with the precious fluid.Brave and Bold
There was no water at Point Malcolm, but luckily we had filled our canteens.
Filled the water-cans, and got everything ready for a start to-morrow morning.
This post was filled in Oldport, in those days, by my cousin Kate.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
verb (mainly tr often foll by up)
Word Origin for fill
"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.
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.
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.