[ fil-ing ]
See synonyms for: fillingfillings on

  1. an act or instance of filling.

  2. something that is put in to fill something else: They used sand as filling for the depression.

  1. Dentistry. a substance such as cement, amalgam, gold, or the like, used to fill a cavity caused by decay in a tooth.

  2. a food mixture that goes into something, as if to fill it: sandwich filling; pie filling.

  3. Also called pick, weft, woof. Textiles. yarn carried by the shuttle and interlacing at right angles with the warp in woven cloth.

Origin of filling

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at fill, -ing1

Other words from filling

  • self-filling, adjective
  • un·fill·ing, adjective

Words Nearby filling Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use filling in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for filling


/ (ˈfɪlɪŋ) /

  1. the substance or thing used to fill a space or container: pie filling

  2. dentistry

    • any of various substances (metal, plastic, etc) for inserting into the prepared cavity of a tooth

    • the cavity of a tooth so filled

  1. textiles another term for weft

  1. (of food or a meal) substantial and satisfying

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