an act or instance of filling.
something that is put in to fill something else: They used sand as filling for the depression.
Dentistry. a substance such as cement, amalgam, gold, or the like, used to fill a cavity caused by decay in a tooth.
a food mixture that goes into something, as if to fill it: sandwich filling; pie filling.
- self-filling, adjective
- un·fill·ing, adjective
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How to use filling in a sentence
A couple dozen neighbors and friends were casting nets helter-skelter, opening and filling coolers—lids askew, barely containing the burgeoning kicking and jumping crustaceans.14 wild edibles you can pull right out of the ocean | By Bob McNally/Field & Stream | October 19, 2020 | Popular-Science
Next day they crossed the bridge again but swung west from Highway 101 to visit the farm town of Tomales, not much more than a main street of stores and a filling station.To Find Hope in American Cooking, James Beard Looked to the West Coast | John Birdsall | October 2, 2020 | Eater
In other words, bing has become shorthand for an endless array of flour-based, round, and flat items that can be the vehicle for sauces like hoisin and chili and fillings like scallions, ham, and pickled things.A Chewy and Crispy Korean Bing Bread Recipe That Chicago Diners Obsess Over | Patty Diez | September 24, 2020 | Eater
This two-liter hydration bladder has an easy slide-seal top opening that closes tightly, but also provides wide access for easy filling and cleaning.
Ethiopia had in the past asserted that the filling of the dam should not be subject to the conclusion of an agreement—a condition that it feared would weaken its position in the negotiations.What Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia must overcome to all benefit from the Grand Renaissance Dam | Addisu Lashitew | July 22, 2020 | Quartz
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 | Movements.Org | December 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
While the Met reported filling 92% of its seats in 2008, that number fell to 79% in 2013.
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? | Eleanor Clift | November 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Mr. Wynd said the shrinking process includes filling the head with hot sand and boiling it with herbs.Dodo Bones and Kylie’s Poo: Inside London’s Strangest New Museum | Liza Foreman | November 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Screen-filling enemies like the aforementioned dragon come early and they come often.Bayonetta Is Nintendo’s Graphic, Ass-Kicking Barbie | Alec Kubas-Meyer | October 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Some of the soldiers secured the porter from creating an alarm; and the rest filling the hall, fastened the door.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
As they went cutting sidewise through the water, the sails bellied taut, with the wind filling and overflowing them.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
Let an interval elapse between the filling of succeeding pipes.
These stems, with the refuse of other tobacco, are sometime used as filling for the commonest kind of cigars.
The filling is known as tripa, the very best being selected, like the leaf, for the best cigars.
British Dictionary definitions for filling
the substance or thing used to fill a space or container: pie filling
any of various substances (metal, plastic, etc) for inserting into the prepared cavity of a tooth
the cavity of a tooth so filled
(of food or a meal) substantial and satisfying
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