• The water wagon filled with red-hot coffee
    The water wagon filled with red-hot coffee
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n filling the act of filling something
    • n filling (dentistry) a dental appliance consisting of any of various substances (as metal or plastic) inserted into a prepared cavity in a tooth "when he yawned I could see the gold fillings in his teeth","an informal British term for `filling' is `stopping'"
    • n filling the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving
    • n filling a food mixture used to fill pastry or sandwiches etc.
    • n filling flow into something (as a container)
    • n filling any material that fills a space or container "there was not enough fill for the trench"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

An Assault on the Well-filled Corn Crib 191 An Assault on the Well-filled Corn Crib 191
Careful excavation was required to identify the fill of long-obliterated ditches once draining fields and marking property boundaries Careful excavation was required to identify the fill of long-obliterated ditches once draining fields and marking...
A cutlass in excellent preservation and many other objects from 17th-century Jamestown were found in a large clay borrow pit filled with refuse A cutlass in excellent preservation and many other objects from 17th-century Jamestown were found in a large clay...
Now, this is filling at the price Now, this is filling at the price
Filling the Water-Jars Filling the Water-Jars
Fill the jars with water Fill the jars with water

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If you had enough water to fill one million goldfish bowls, you could fill an entire stadium.
    • Filling (Brewing) Prepared wort added to ale to cleanse it.
    • Filling That which is used to fill a cavity or any empty space, or to supply a deficiency; as, filling for a cavity in a tooth, a depression in a roadbed, the space between exterior and interior walls of masonry, the pores of open-grained wood, the space between the outer and inner planks of a vessel, etc.
    • Filling The woof in woven fabrics.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A bucket filled with earth would weigh about 5 time more than the same bucket filled with the substance of the sun. However, the force of gravity is so much greater on the sun that the man weighing 150 pounds on our planet would weigh 2 tons on the sun.
    • n filling That which fills, or fills up; anything used for occupying a vacant space, completing a structure or fabric, or stopping up a hole: as, the filling of a wall, of a pie, or of a tooth.
    • n filling Specifically Carpeting of solid color, used to fill up recesses outside of bordered carpets, or to cover the whole floor where rugs are used.
    • n filling The woof- or weft-thread of a woven fabric.
    • n filling In needlework, any plain stitch which serves to fill considerable spaces.
    • n filling In lace-making, the simple stitch which serves to cover the surface of parts of the pattern, as leaves, petals, and the like. Filling may either be plain or have a geometrical or simple pattern within itself, as described under escalier-lace.
    • n filling In house-painting, a coat applied to fill up inequalities, etc., as those resulting from the grain of wood; also, the operation of obliterating such inequalities, as by the application of such a coat.
    • n filling A raised embankment or elevated permanent way, as a part of a railroad, formed of loose stones, gravel, or other material.
    • filling Calculated to fill, satisfy, or satiate: as, a filling diet.
    • n filling In wooden ship-building, a piece of timber placed between the frames to fill up the spaces and give greater strength. When placed in the bottom, between the floor-timbers, such pieces are called filling-timbers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If you squeezed out all of the bacteria from your intestines, you could almost fill up a coffee mug.
    • Filling anything used to fill up, stop a hole, to complete, &c., as the woof, in weaving: supply
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  • Robert Frost
    “One aged man -- one man -- can't fill a house.”
  • Henry Courtney
    Henry Courtney
    “The bigger a man's head gets, the easier it is to fill his shoes.”
  • Plutarch
    “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “Moderate profits fill the purse.”
  • William Butler Yeats
    “Education is not the filling of the pail, but, the lighting of the fire.”


Have your fill - If you have had your fill, you are fed up of somebody or something.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fyllan, fullianful, full.


In literature:

In some manner the rear portion of each has become entirely filled with earth.
"Archeological Investigations" by Gerard Fowke
Fancy butter makes an attractive filling for a sandwich; it has also the merit of being less often in evidence than many another filling.
"Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties" by Janet McKenzie Hill
On Sabbath morning the streets which Philip had found so silent the evening before were filled with people.
"Men Called Him Master" by Elwyn Allen Smith
It was then filled by Mr. Green.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
The steam blew out with terrific force and filled the tent.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
A tradesman had once transacted a good day's business at a fair, disposed of all his goods, and filled his purse with gold and silver.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
Then the men gave chase, and despair filled the brave young heart.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
Pour quite a lot out of this bottle into the cup, fill it up.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
The cobwebs must come down, and a cotton tick filled with new, fresh straw to be put in the garret.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
The faithful have already filled the floor, which is covered with straw matting.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin

In poetry:

June suns, you cannot store them
To warm the winter's cold,
The lad that hopes for heaven
Shall fill his mouth with mold.
"XXII: Ho, everyone that thirsteth" by A E Housman
O ye whose noble, lucid pen,
Forever filled with ink;
To touch the hearts and minds of men,
And make whole nations think.
"Voice From The South" by Frank Barbour Coffin
There day is one long dawn,
And from the cups of flowers
Light dew-filled clouds updrawn
Rain soft and perfumed showers.
"The Dead Child" by Victor James Daley
All for myself the sigh would swell,
The tear of anguish start;
I little knew what wilder woe
Had filled the Poet's heart.
"To Cowper" by Anne Bronte
You love me?—Quiet!—I'm proving!—
It must be God above
That filled those eyes with loving:
He was the first to love!
"Dr. Doddridges Dog" by George MacDonald
It may be hard to gain, and still
To keep a lowly, steadfast heart;
Yet he who loses has to fill
A harder and a truer part.
"Maximus" by Adelaide Anne Procter

In news:

I'm Beckley Mason, founder of HoopSpeak, a TrueHoop Network blog, and I'm filling in for Henry Abbott today.
I have had the pleasure of knowing Dan for many years and recommend him to fill the seat I have had the pleasure of serving in for the past ten years.
"The Veterans' Food Pantry fills an important and ever-increasing need in our community," said Assemblywoman Gunther.
Are you starting to feel like the only reason why you work is so that you can afford to fill up your tank to get to work.
Inviting passengers to board a plane all at once would likely fill it faster than the methods most airlines use.
Only two of this year's draft picks made the Washington Redskins, along with a pair of 34-year-olds acquired late in the preseason to fill holes not satisfactorily addressed in the offseason.
Oliver Solomon, of Davenport, Iowa, takes his sunglasses off before filling out his ballot during early voting for the Nov 6th election, Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012, at the Davenport Public Library in Davenport, Iowa.
Adán Chávez, left, the older brother of the ailing President Hugo Chávez, right, has stepped in to fill the void.
The new arena at the college in Franklin Springs, seats 1,200 people and nearly all seats were filled for the dedication.
Don Tillitt, a research chemist at the US Geological Survey's Columbia Environmental Research Center, stands next to tubs filled with baby bass.
Kristen Mullen / The Sunday Voice Joseph M Cosgrove, 52, of Wilkes-Barre was nominated by Gov Ed Rendell to fill a vacancy on the Luzerne County bench.
Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer, Brian Duensing threw six smooth innings as a late fill-in for Francisco Liriano and the Minnesota Twins finished a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians with a 5-1 victory on Sunday afternoon.
Get your digits dirty at the 'cue-filled Northwest Ribfest.
Any preserve or pie filling can be used for the filling.
The 3i's rotary vane feeder for batch/filling applications has an inlet to ensure consistent material flow into the rotary drum and pneumatic evacuation technology for feeding, batching and filling, even with difficult flowing materials.

In science:

The waypoints are expressed as filled boxes.
Content Sharing for Mobile Devices
Filled symbols are for stars with indirect indications of the presence of a magnetic field, and grey symbols are for confirmed or suspected binaries.
Magnetic fields, winds and X-rays of massive stars: A spectropolarimetric survey of the Orion cluster
Filled circles indicate galaxies for which we adopted the position of the photometric center as our best center estimate.
Dynamical Centers and Non-Circular Motions in THINGS Galaxies: Implications for Dark Matter Halos
Filled symbols correspond to barred galaxies, open symbols to non–barred galaxies.
Dynamical Centers and Non-Circular Motions in THINGS Galaxies: Implications for Dark Matter Halos
Filled symbols show this relation when the sample is restricted to a narrow range in σ: results for 6 bins of width 0.1 dex, starting from log10 σ = 1.9, are shown.
Evolution in the structural properties of early-type Brightest Cluster Galaxies at small lookback time and dependence on the environment