empty

  • 1Empty — 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

  • 2empty — 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

  • 3empty — [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

  • 4empty — ► 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

  • 5empty — 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

  • 6Empty — 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

  • 7empty — [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 …

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  • 8empty of — completely without (something) The arena was empty of spectators. The streets are now empty of traffic. • • • Main Entry: ↑empty …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 9Empty — 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

  • 10Empty — 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

  • 11empty — index barren, baseless, consume, deficient, deplete, devoid, diminish, dissipate (expend foolishly), evacuate …

    Law dictionary

  • 12empty of — index devoid Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 13empty — 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

  • 14empty — I UK [ˈemptɪ] / US adjective Word forms empty : adjective empty comparative emptier superlative emptiest *** 1) containing nothing an empty jar His pockets were empty. an empty space: There were no empty spaces in the car park. a) containing no… …

    English dictionary

  • 15empty — emp|ty1 [ empti ] adjective *** 1. ) containing nothing: an empty jar His pockets were empty. an empty space: There were no empty spaces in the parking lot. a ) containing no people: an empty room stand empty: Emma s apartment stood empty for six …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16empty — 01. I d better do some baking; the cookie jar is almost [empty]. 02. The gas tank is completely [empty]; we re going to have to walk. 03. My son does a lot of sports, and he can [empty] our fridge in a single meal! 04. The artist stood in front… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 17empty — 1 / empti/ adjective 1 CONTAINER having nothing inside: an empty box | Your glass is empty can I fill it up? 2 ROOM/BUILDING an empty room, building etc does not have any people in it: The house had been empty for six months before we moved in. | …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18empty — emptiable, adj. emptier, n. emptily, adv. emptiness, n. /emp tee/, adj., emptier, emptiest, v., emptied, emptying, n., pl. empties. adj. 1. containing nothing; having none of the usual or appropriate contents: an empty bottle. 2. vacant; unocc …

    Universalium

  • 19empty — 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 <&#8230; …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20empty — [[t]e̱mpti[/t]] ♦♦♦ emptier, emptiest, empties, emptying, emptied 1) ADJ GRADED: oft ADJ of n An empty place, vehicle, or container is one that has no people or things in it. The room was bare and empty. ...empty cans of lager... The roads were&#8230; …

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