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emptiness

Definitions

  • Alone in the Empty House
    Alone in the Empty House
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n emptiness the quality of being valueless or futile "he rejected the vanities of the world"
    • n emptiness an empty area or space "the huge desert voids","the emptiness of outer space","without their support he'll be ruling in a vacuum"
    • n emptiness having an empty stomach
    • n emptiness the state of containing nothing
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"The empty branch bore a label." "The empty branch bore a label."
PG from the Drawing of S. L. Fildes "The empty chair" Gad's Hill Ninth of June 1870 PG from the Drawing of S. L. Fildes "The empty chair" Gad's Hill Ninth of June 1870
Hanno announcing to the Mercenaries the emptiness of the Public Coffers Hanno announcing to the Mercenaries the emptiness of the Public Coffers

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word Karate means, "empty hand."
    • Emptiness The state of being empty; absence of contents; void space; vacuum; as, the emptiness of a vessel; emptiness of the stomach.
    • Emptiness Want of knowledge; lack of sense; vacuity of mind. "Eternal smiles his emptiness betray.""The sins of emptiness, gossip, and spite."
    • Emptiness Want of solidity or substance; unsatisfactoriness; inability to satisfy desire; vacuity; hollowness; as, the emptiness of earthly glory.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the 1870s, William Russell Frisbie opened a bakery called the Frisbie Pie Company in Bridgeport, Connecticut. His lightweight pie tins were embossed with the family name. In the mid-1940s, students at Yale University tossed the empty pie tins as a game.
    • n emptiness The state of being empty; the state of containing nothing, or nothing but air: as, the emptiness of a vessel.
    • n emptiness Lack of food in the stomach; a state of fasting.
    • n emptiness Void space; a vacuum.
    • n emptiness Want of solidity or substance.
    • n emptiness Unsatisfactoriness; insufficiency to satisfy the mind or heart; worthlessness.
    • n emptiness Want of understanding or knowledge; vacuity of mind; inanity.
    • n emptiness Synonyms Vanity, hollowness, nothingness.
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.”
  • Victor Hugo
    Victor%20Hugo
    “As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Triumphs without difficulties are empty. Indeed; it is difficulties that make the triumph. It is no feat to travel the smooth road.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “When you fall, don't get up empty handed”
  • Eric Hoffer
    Eric%20Hoffer
    “Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.”
  • Antonio Porchia
    Antonio Porchia
    “In a full heart there is room for everything, and in an empty heart there is room for nothing.”

Idioms

Empty vessels make the most noise - The thoughtless often speak the most.
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Running on empty - If you are exhausted but keep going, you are running on empty.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Empty

Usage

In literature:

At the tables empty glasses stood before empty chairs.
"It Could Be Anything" by John Keith Laumer
The recess was as empty as the cash tray.
"The Rider of Waroona" by Firth Scott
Then he put the leaf in an empty bottle that happened to be at hand, corked it down tightly, and threw it into the foaming sea.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
The dining room was almost empty and the major-domo quickly rushed to the side of the relaxed stranger in the richly cut clothes.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
The desk was quite empty.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
It was empty-had been empty for weeks.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
He went to the vague emptiness of the field opposite, dutifully.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
I was rather surprised at the emptiness of the large and well-kept park to which Benda took me.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
But Peter's sand-wallow was empty, and Peter was gone.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
Gone was the scent of the sandal, broken and open the door; why had the bird flown and left but the empty cage?
"Things as They Are" by Amy Wilson-Carmichael
It could let down interstellar liners from emptiness and lift them out to emptiness again, with great convenience and economy for everyone.
"Pariah Planet" by Murray Leinster
When, followed by Lefever, he walked into the lobby of Tenison's hotel a few moments later the office was empty.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
The boiler was emptied and hung upon the wall.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
What was really in the "empty" bottle?
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
Through the emptying restaurant Paliser saw them to the entrance.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
The bunk was empty where the blankets had been thrown hurriedly aside.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
He drew from a recess a flask and carefully emptied a portion of the contents of the syringe into it.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
Her mother died that summer while we were up in the mountains, and when we came back we found the house empty.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
Joseph now laid down the hat and the portfolio upon the empty rocking-chair, and with his ready scissors cut every envelope.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
There lay the wreck and there the empty bay.
"Where the Pavement Ends" by John Russell
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In poetry:

You took my empty dreams
And filled them every one
With tenderness and nobleness,
April and the sun.
"Houses Of Dreams" by Sara Teasdale
The old empty dreams
Where my thoughts would throng
Are far too full of happiness
To even hold a song.
"Houses Of Dreams" by Sara Teasdale
"Go empty all thy sacks of grain
Into the nearest sea,
And never show thy face again
To make a mock of me."
"The Proud Lady" by Henry Van Dyke
And there, with frightful listing
Through emptiness, away
Through unknown solar systems
Revolves the Milky Way.
"Night" by Boris Pasternak
Men from the Northland,
Men from the Southland,
Haste empty-handed;
No more than manhood
Bring they, and hands.
"The Voyage To Vinland: Bioern's Beckoners" by James Russell Lowell
For thus our fathers testified,
That he might read who ran,
The emptiness of human pride,
The nothingness of man.
"The Old Burying-Ground" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Romantic thriller rolls out star power but leaves audience with an empty puzzle of a plot.
There They Grow Again Guerrilla gardeners strike an earthy tone as they beautify medians and empty lots in Long Beach and beyond.
I guess it depends on if you're a glass half full or half empty kind of person.
Empty since its closure after Junior Seau's suicide in early May, Seau's restaurant, on Sunday, September 9, reopened its doors, this time as a church.
Rice University released details last month of research showing that in terms of influencing specific government policy, most companies come up empty-handed.
Empty cells at the Anthony P Travisono Intake Service Center in Cranston, R.I. Are a more common sight now.
The economic and social cost of emptiness (Part 1).
A Celebrity Couple and the Emptiness of It All.
'Cosmopolis' review: Investor's emptiness .
Attention Empty Nester s – We at the Sean and Richie Show are out to save you MO' MONEY.
Gated Texas Townhouse Community Appeals to Empty-Nester Buyers.
Need has never been greater for lunches in Salvation Army summer program, but agency is pinched by near- empty purse .
Empty talk on Syria.
Obama and Romney's empty talk on Syria.
Empty talk and empty rinks lie in store.
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In science:

Then the argument above implies that Ad(P )e ∩ W is non-empty over C hence non-empty over k hence the Theorem.
Hermitian Characteristics of Nilpotent Elements
Sect. 3.2 we use matrix elements of A and B, two N × N Hermitian matrices, to generate empty (resp. occupied) half-edges glued into empty (resp. occupied) edges via the propagators hAAi and hBB i.
Geometrically Constrained Statistical Models on Fixed and Random Lattices: From Hard Squares to Meanders
If moreover the fol lowing properties are verified: (iii) There exists a covering family (Ui → U )i∈I of E such that F (Ui ) is not empty, (iv) For each pair of objects x, and y of F (Ui ), H omUi (x, y ) is not empty (local connectivity), (v) The elements of H omUi (x, y ) are invertible.
Non abelian cohomology: the point of view of gerbed tower
The luminosity function by A99 is represented with empty squares and the upper (empty circles) and lower (filled points) limits determined in this work are given.
Optical spectroscopy and the UV luminosity function of galaxies in the Abell 1367, Coma and Virgo clusters
Since an empty system obviously has no base locus, we only consider nonempty linear systems on X (the results from [DL03] can be used to determine wether or not a system is empty).
Base locus of linear systems on the blowing-up of P^3 along at most 8 general points
Such a function h1 exists by Estimating Lemma 1 if U is not empty, and it obviously exists if U is empty.
Diagrams with Selection and Method for Constructing Boundedly Generated and Boundedly Simple Groups
Definition 1.1 A non-empty set system (E, F ) is an antimatroid if (A1) for each non-empty X ∈ F, there is an x ∈ X such that X − x ∈ F (A2) for al l X, Y ∈ F, and X 6⊆ Y, there exist an x ∈ X − Y such that Y ∪ x ∈ F .
Quasi-concave functions on antimatroids
We can assume that B and C are non-empty; if one of them is empty, the claim is trivial.
Semimatroids and their Tutte polynomials
Note that the graph LA (V, Θ) may often be empty, and will be non-empty if and only if some translate of the fundamental chunk A contains V .
Automorphisms and abstract commensurators of 2-dimensional Artin groups
If p is the empty path, g (p) is the identity element of G and w(p) is the empty word.
Cone types and geodesic languages for lamplighter groups and Thompson's group F
Most everything is as above — the plane starts empty, add bugs to the origin one at a time, each bug occupies the first empty site it reaches.
Goldbug Variations
Since this does not allow to distinguish between the empty carrier and one-element carriers, we represent the empty set by the two-element carrier relation e
The Theory of Sets of Ordinals
Since every non-empty transitive set has the empty set as its ∈-minimal element, we find a copy of e
The Theory of Sets of Ordinals
Running time for DPLL algorithm for random 3-SAT with r = 1 solution (empty triangles), r ≥ 1 solution (full squares) and arbitrary r (empty circles).
Single-solution Random 3-SAT Instances
If we replace U by N, and choose a covering family such that C (Ui ) is not empty, we obtain that C ′ (Ui ) is not empty.
Gerbes, 2-gerbes and symplectic fibrations
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