fill
I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fyllan; akin to Old English full full Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to put into as much as can be held or conveniently contained <
fill a cup with water
>
b. to supply with a full complement <
the class is filled
>
c. (1) to cause to swell or billow <
wind filled the sails
>
(2) to trim (a sail) to catch the wind d. to raise the level of with fill <
filled land
>
e. to repair the cavities of (teeth) f. to stop up ; obstruct <
wreckage filled the channel
>
g. to stop up the interstices, crevices, or pores of (as cloth, wood, or leather) with a foreign substance 2. a. feed, satiate b. satisfy, fulfill <
fills all requirements
>
c. make out, complete — used with out or in <
fill out a form
>
<
fill in the blanks
>
d. to draw the playing cards necessary to complete (as a straight or flush in poker) 3. a. to occupy the whole of <
smoke filled the room
>
b. to spread through <
music filled the air
>
c. to make full <
a mind filled with fantasies
>
4. a. to possess and perform the duties of ; hold <
fill an office
>
b. to place a person in <
fill a vacancy
>
5. to supply as directed <
fill a prescription
>
6. to cover the surface of with a layer of precious metal intransitive verb to become full II. noun Date: before 12th century 1. a full supply; especially a quantity that satisfies or satiates <
eat your fill
>
2. something that fills: as a. material used to fill a receptacle, cavity, passage, or low place b. a bit of instrumental music that fills the pauses between phrases (as of a vocalist or soloist) c. artificial light used in photography to reduce or eliminate shadows — often used attributively <
fill flash
>

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  • Fill — Fill, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Filled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Filling}.] [OE. fillen, fullen, AS. fyllan, fr. full full; akin to D. vullen, G. f[ u]llen, Icel. fylla, Sw. fylla, Dan. fylde, Goth. fulljan. See {Full}, a.] 1. To make full; to supply with as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fill — [fil] vt. [ME fillen, fullen < OE fyllan < Gmc * fulljan, to make full < * fulla (> Goth fulls, FULL1) + jan, caus. suffix] 1. a) to put as much as possible into; make full b) to put a considerable quantity of something into [to fill… …   English World dictionary

  • fill — ► VERB 1) make or become full. 2) block up (a hole, gap, etc.). 3) appoint a person to hold (a vacant post). 4) hold and perform the duties of (a position or role). 5) occupy (time). ► NOUN (one s fill) ▪ …   English terms dictionary

  • Fill — bezeichnet Fill (Musik), die Ausschmückung eines Musikstückes, FI LL steht für: Lappland (Finnland), ISO 3166 2 Code der finnischen Provinz Fill ist der Familienname folgender Personen Josef Fill (Bürgermeister) (?), Bürgermeister von Zell am See …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Fill — Fill, v. i. 1. To become full; to have the whole capacity occupied; to have an abundant supply; to be satiated; as, corn fills well in a warm season; the sail fills with the wind. [1913 Webster] 2. To fill a cup or glass for drinking. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fill — Fill, n. [AS. fyllo. See {Fill}, v. t.] 1. A full supply, as much as supplies want; as much as gives complete satisfaction. Ye shall eat your fill. Lev. xxv. 19. [1913 Webster] I ll bear thee hence, where I may weep my fill. Shak. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fill — may refer to:*Fill dirt, soil added to an area. *Fill (music), a short segment of instrumental music. *In textiles, the filling yarn is the same as weft, the yarn which is shuttled back and forth across the warp to create a woven fabric. *In… …   Wikipedia

  • FILL — bezeichnet Fill (Musik), die Ausschmückung eines Musikstückes, FI LL steht für: Lappland (Finnland), ISO 3166 2 Code der finnischen Provinz Fill ist der Familienname folgender Personen Peter Fill (* 1982), italienischer Skirennläufer Siehe auch:… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Fill — Fill, n. [See {Thill}.] One of the thills or shafts of a carriage. Mortimer. [1913 Webster] {Fill horse}, a thill horse. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fill — [n] capacity all one wants, ample, enough, filler, padding, plenty, satiety, stuffing, sufficiency, sufficient; concepts 719,736,794 Ant. emptiness fill [v1] to put in and occupy the whole of block, blow up, brim over, bulge out, charge, choke,… …   New thesaurus

  • fill — fil vt 1) to repair the cavities of (teeth) 2) to supply as directed <fill a prescription> …   Medical dictionary

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