Origin of filling
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 fillingstuffing, mixture, layer, dressing, insides, cylinder, center, cartridge, wad, inside, innards, padding, packing, inlay, pad, fill, pack, wadding, shim, filler
Examples from the Web for filling
Contemporary Examples of filling
He should be free, filling the world with happiness, love and his fighting spirit.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
Senate Democrats face a choice: pushing through AG nominee Loretta Lynch, or filling 231 executive-branch vacancies.What If the United States Had No Attorney General?
November 14, 2014
Beltrán Leyva, a gourmand, was savoring his tamale with its filling of roasted corn.Trading Dime Bags for Salvador Dali
October 19, 2014
And this mix of intellectualism and faithfulness is filling an unmet need among students on many of these campuses.Can Christians Still Go to Harvard?
Kirsten Powers, Jonathan Merritt
October 12, 2014
At Henley, the other vaporium, the crew lying around on settees and filling the room with fog brought back Dutch flashbacks.This Is Your E-Cigarette on Drugs
July 28, 2014
Historical Examples of filling
Lined them with stakes and bushes to keep them from filling in.Explorations in Australia
The result will be a filling that has more of the date flavor.
(b) Describe the filling and closing of jars in this method.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Then, between these layers, put a filling about 1/2 inch thick.
And she thought I was a bad influence on you, filling your head with stuff out of books.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
- any of various substances (metal, plastic, etc) for inserting into the prepared cavity of a tooth
- the cavity of a tooth so filled
verb (mainly tr often foll by up)
Word Origin for fill
verbal noun from fill (v.). Dentistry sense is from 1848. Filling station attested by 1921.
"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.