empty
I. adjective (emptier; -est) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English ǣmettig unoccupied, from ǣmetta leisure, perhaps from ǣ- without + -metta (probably akin to mōtan to have to) — more at must Date: before 12th century 1. a. containing nothing <
empty shelves
>
b. not occupied or inhabited <
an empty building
>
c. unfrequented d. not pregnant <
empty heifer
>
e. null 4a <
the empty set
>
2. a. lacking reality, substance, meaning, or value ; hollow <
an empty pleasure
>
b. destitute of effect or force <
an empty threat
>
c. devoid of sense ; foolish 3. hungry 4. a. idle <
empty hours
>
b. having no purpose or result ; useless 5. marked by the absence of human life, activity, or comfort <
an empty silence
>
emptily adverbemptiness noun Synonyms: empty, vacant, blank, void, vacuous mean lacking contents which could or should be present. empty suggests a complete absence of contents <
an empty bucket
>
. vacant suggests an absence of appropriate contents or occupants <
a vacant apartment
>
. blank stresses the absence of any significant, relieving, or intelligible features on a surface <
a blank wall
>
. void suggests absolute emptiness as far as the mind or senses can determine <
a statement void of meaning
>
. vacuous suggests the emptiness of a vacuum and especially the lack of intelligence or significance <
a vacuous facial expression
>
. Synonym: see in addition vain. II. verb (emptied; emptying) Date: 1548 transitive verb 1. a. to make empty ; remove the contents of <
empty a purse
>
b. deprive, divest <
a phrase emptied of all meaning
>
c. to discharge (itself) of contents d. to fire (a repeating firearm) until empty 2. to remove from what holds or encloses <
empty the grain from sacks
>
intransitive verb 1. to become empty <
the theater emptied quickly
>
2. to discharge contents <
the river empties into the ocean
>
III. noun (plural empties) Date: 1865 something (as a bottle or can) that is empty

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Empty — Emp ty (?; 215), a. [Compar. {Emptier}; superl. {Emptiest}.] [AS. emtig, [ae]mtig, [ae]metig, fr. [ae]mta, [ae]metta, quiet, leisure, rest; of uncertain origin; cf. G. emsig busy.] 1. Containing nothing; not holding or having anything within;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • empty — adj 1 Empty, vacant, blank, void, vacuous mean lacking the contents that could or should be present. Something is empty which has nothing in it; something is vacant which is without an occupant, incumbent, tenant, inmate, or the person or thing… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • empty — [emp′tē] adj. emptier, emptiest [ME emti & (with intrusive p ) empti < OE æmettig, unoccupied, lit., at leisure < æmetta, leisure (< æ , without + base of motan, to have to: see MUST1) + ig, Y2] 1. containing nothing; having nothing in… …   English World dictionary

  • empty — ► ADJECTIVE (emptier, emptiest) 1) containing nothing; not filled or occupied. 2) having no meaning or likelihood of fulfilment: an empty threat. 3) having no value or purpose. ► VERB (empties, emptied) …   English terms dictionary

  • empty — c.1200, from O.E. æmettig at leisure, not occupied, unmarried, from æmetta leisure, from æ not + metta, from motan to have (see MIGHT (Cf. might)). The p is a euphonic insertion. Sense evolution from at leisure to empty is paralleled in several… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Empty — Emp ty, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Emptied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Emptying}.] To deprive of the contents; to exhaust; to make void or destitute; to make vacant; to pour out; to discharge; as, to empty a vessel; to empty a well or a cistern. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • empty — [adj1] containing nothing abandoned, bare, barren, blank, clear, dead, deflated, depleted, desert, deserted, desolate, despoiled, destitute, devoid, dry, evacuated, exhausted, forsaken, godforsaken*, hollow, lacking, stark, unfilled, unfurnished …   New thesaurus

  • Empty — Emp ty, n.; pl. {Empties}. An empty box, crate, cask, etc.; used in commerce, esp. in transportation of freight; as, special rates for empties. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Empty — Emp ty, v. i. 1. To discharge itself; as, a river empties into the ocean. [1913 Webster] 2. To become empty. The chapel empties. B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • empty — index barren, baseless, consume, deficient, deplete, devoid, diminish, dissipate (expend foolishly), evacuate …   Law dictionary

  • empty — emp|ty1 W2S2 [ˈempti] adj comparative emptier superlative emptiest ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(container)¦ 2¦(place)¦ 3¦(not used)¦ 4¦(person/life)¦ 5 empty words/gestures/promises etc 6 do something on an empty stomach 7 empty nest …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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