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 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|Liza Foreman|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Instead of lights and gifts, this one is filled with broken promises and guilt.
If 2014 was any indication, the coming TV schedule is sure to be filled with plenty of water-cooler shows.
The forests were lush and filled with life, from giant snakes to monkeys.
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|Dale Eisinger|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It should have filled us with dismay, but instead it seemed the beginning of brighter things.Tell England|Ernest Raymond
It removed his guilt, hushed his fears, and filled him with joy and peace in believing.The Great Commission|C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
His face was so beautiful in the moonlight that the little Swallow was filled with pity.Children's Literature|Charles Madison Curry
The cups were filled and the three men sat down in a triangle of chairs before any of them spoke again.Anything You Can Do ...|Gordon Randall Garrett
Large works on geometry are filled with explanations, demonstrations, and applications of the properties of the triangle.Fundamental Philosophy, Vol. I (of 2)|Jaime Luciano Balmes
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.