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Definitions

  • Alone in the Empty House
    Alone in the Empty House
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj empty holding or containing nothing "an empty glass","an empty room","full of empty seats","empty hours"
    • adj empty emptied of emotion "after the violent argument he felt empty"
    • adj empty needing nourishment "after skipped lunch the men were empty by suppertime","empty-bellied children"
    • adj empty devoid of significance or point "empty promises","a hollow victory","vacuous comments"
    • v empty excrete or discharge from the body
    • v empty become empty or void of its content "The room emptied"
    • v empty make void or empty of contents "Empty the box","The alarm emptied the building"
    • v empty remove "Empty the water"
    • v empty leave behind empty; move out of "You must vacate your office by tonight"
    • n empty a container that has been emptied "return all empties to the store"
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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."
    • n Empty An empty box, crate, cask, etc.; -- used in commerce, esp. in transportation of freight; as, “special rates for empties .”
    • Empty Containing nothing; not holding or having anything within; void of contents or appropriate contents; not filled; -- said of an inclosure, or a container, as a box, room, house, etc.; as, an empty chest, room, purse, or pitcher; an empty stomach; empty shackles.
    • Empty Destitute of effect, sincerity, or sense; -- said of language; as, empty words, or threats. "Words are but empty thanks."
    • Empty Destitute of reality, or real existence; unsubstantial; as, empty dreams.
    • Empty Destitute of, or lacking, sense, knowledge, or courtesy; as, empty brains; an empty coxcomb. "That in civility thou seem'st so empty ."
    • Empty Free; clear; devoid; -- often with of. "That fair female troop . . . empty of all good.""I shall find you empty of that fault."
    • Empty Having nothing to carry; unburdened. "An empty messenger.""When ye go ye shall not go empty ."
    • Empty Producing nothing; unfruitful; -- said of a plant or tree; as, an empty vine. "Seven empty ears blasted with the east wind."
    • Empty To become empty. "The chapel empties ."
    • v. t Empty 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. "The clouds . . . empty themselves upon the earth."
    • Empty To discharge itself; as, a river empties into the ocean.
    • Empty Unable to satisfy; unsatisfactory; hollow; vain; -- said of pleasure, the world, etc. "Pleas'd in the silent shade with empty praise."
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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.
    • empty Containing nothing, or nothing but air; void of its usual or of appropriate contents; vacant; unoccupied: said of any inclosure or allotted space: as, an empty house or room; an empty chest or purse; an empty chair or saddle.
    • empty Void; devoid; destitute of some essential quality or component.
    • empty Destitute of force, effect, significance, or value; without valuable content; meaningless: as, empty words; empty compliments.
    • empty Destitute of knowledge or sense; ignorant: as, an empty coxcomb.
    • empty Forlorn from destitution or deprivation; desolate; deserted.
    • empty Wanting substance or solidity; lacking reality; unsubstantial; unsatisfactory: as, empty air; empty dreams; empty pleasures.
    • empty Not burdened; not bearing a burden or a rider: as, an empty horse.
    • empty Not supplied; without provision.
    • empty Wanting food; fasting; hungry.
    • empty Bearing no fruit; without useful product.
    • empty Producing no effect or result; ineffectual.
    • empty Synonyms Void, etc. (see vacant); unoccupied, bare, unfurnished.
    • empty Weak, silly, senseless.
    • empty Unsatisfying, vain, hollow.
    • n empty An empty vessel or other receptacle, as a box or sack, packing-case, etc.; an empty vehicle, as a cab, freightcar, etc.: as, returned empties.
    • empty To deprive of contents; remove, pour, or draw out the contents from; make vacant: with of before the thing removed: as, to empty a well or a cistern; to empty a pitcher or a purse; to empty a house of its occupants.
    • empty To draw out, pour out, or otherwise remove or discharge, as the contents of a vessel: commonly with out: as, to empty out the water from a pitcher.
    • empty To discharge; pour out continuously or in a steady course: as, a river empties itself or its waters into the ocean. [A strained use, which it is preferable to avoid, since a river is not emptied by its flow into the ocean.]
    • empty To lay waste; make destitute or desolate.
    • empty To become empty.
    • empty To pour out or discharge its contents, as a river into the ocean.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The river Danube empties into the Black Sea.
    • adj Empty emp′ti having nothing in it: unfurnished: without effect: unsatisfactory: wanting substance: foolish
    • v.t Empty to make empty: to deprive of contents
    • v.i Empty to become empty: to discharge its contents:—pa.p. emp′tied
    • n Empty an empty vessel, box, sack, &c.:—pl. Emp′ties
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Quotations

  • Aneurin Bevan
    Aneurin%20Bevan
    “The Prime Minister has an absolute genius for putting flamboyant labels on empty luggage.”
  • William Carlos Williams
    William Carlos Williams
    “Empty pockets make empty heads.”
  • Woodrow T. Wilson
    Woodrow%20T.%20Wilson
    “No man can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach.”
  • Benjamin Whichcote
    Benjamin Whichcote
    “None are so empty as those who are full of themselves.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Sex without love is an empty experience, but as empty experiences go it's one of the best.”
  • Arthur Koestler
    Arthur%20Koestler
    “Prometheus is reaching out for the stars with an empty grin on his face.”

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
AS. emtig, æmtig, æmetig, fr. æmta, æmetta, quiet, leisure, rest; of uncertain origin; cf. G. emsig, busy

Usage

In literature:

We did so, and were relieved to find that the street was dark and empty.
"The Cryptogram" by William Murray Graydon
Value of empty comb in the new hive.
"Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee" by L. L. Langstroth
My emptiness is replenished by His fulness.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
It was of something big and bright and ungainly swimming silently in emptiness with a field of stars behind it.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
It was empty except for two figures at the further end.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
For a supply of such combs, save all empty, clean, white pieces you can, when removing combs from a hive.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
They passed an intersection, and came to an empty enclosure over which the water stretched like a blue sheet.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
She emptied them out on the table, and the giant began counting them in great glee.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
The little cove among the rocks was empty.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
Silent and empty as a vacant street was the unseen road.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
The emptiness of the land seemed to press upon their breasts, hindering free breathing.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Emptying the lungs is precisely similar to emptying a bottle.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
The room was absolutely empty.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
She had finished the gin, for the empty bottle was on the table.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
He opened the door and looked out into the hall, but the hall was empty.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
He was only the 'fine empty sheath of a man' before.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Then you'd be a prisoner in the Empty House all your life.
"Jimbo" by Algernon Blackwood
That grave being empty, the whole earth is empty to her: the dead Christ was more to her than a living world.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of St John, Vol. II" by Marcus Dods
One would not suffice: there were eight; a whole section of the calendar had been emptied for its benefit.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
Now it was an essential part of the doctrine of Parmenides that empty space is non-existent.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
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In poetry:

I can see no goal before me;
Empty heart and idle mind.
Life monotonously o'er me
Roars, and leaves a wound behind.
"May 26, 1828" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
But still in rooms that were our own
We wander, you and I,
And night and day our spirits walk
Along the empty High.
"From A War Station" by Ewart Alan Mackintosh
When I was ill and she was pale
And empty stood our store,
She left the latchkey on its nail,
And saw me nevermore.
"The Ballad of Camden Town" by James Elroy Flecker
'Tis a pattern set for us,
How we ought to wait and pray;
None who plead and wrestle thus,
Shall be empty sent away.
"Woman Of Canaan" by John Newton
Were only half that's vainly spent
To make an empty show,
Amid the haunts of sorrow sent,
'Twould heal a world of woe.
"The Youthful Villager And The Hermit" by James Madison Bell
The street to-night is empty,
And the last slow footstep gone;
The windows grow darker and darker,
And I am left alone.
"Night In The Village" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

The sandbox is empty, the toys gone.
Ken Gruber looks at a double-headed microscope prior to demonstrating its use in an empty surgical room at MU's Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center.
Nothing happened in the dream except that I wandered through empty rooms, then woke with a feeling of loss.
Children play on empty fuel containers outside of Savoonga, Alaska, where Shell executives have met with local residents to address their concerns.
Empty glasses are like unfulfilled dreams.
Last summer's empty containers for bleach, spring water, dish detergent, antifreeze, baby wipes, cat litter and motor oil have come back to New York streets this fall as traffic barricades.
His empty apartment had been cast in darkness.
I may even be considered "creatively empty," in a world that thrives on the cutting edge.
How many times do you drive around the Valley and see empty lots on so many street corners.
Empty words from the White House on the super-committee and taxes.
US Must Be Wary of Empty Words at Iran Talks.
Comeback leaves US empty handed.
Don't show up empty-handed .
Many Olympians leave London empty-handed .
Diné contestants leave INFR empty-handed .
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In science:

Then the set L1(x) is an initial segment of L(x) (if it is not empty) and L2 (x) is a final segment of L(x) (if it is not empty).
Lattices which can be represented as lattices of intervals
First, note that the measure P is everywhere dense, that is, P(A) > 0 for any non-empty open set A ∈ T Indeed, since such a set A necessarily contains a non-empty cylinder subset A′, which in turn contains a subset (cid:8)x ∈ X ◦(cid:9) where Λ ∈ E ∗ and x ◦ ∈ X Λ, we ◦ ) > 0.
On Gibbsianness of Random Fields
Concretely, it means that the number of fixed points any non-empty word in such random permutations is o(n) (the fact that this is true for any non-empty word is of importance here).
Cycles of free words in several independent random permutations with restricted cycle lengths
Observe that the the V -lattice inv(P ) of a non-empty semi-V -pattern P is included in Zm ∩ V and if P is empty then inv(P ) = V .
Least Significant Digit First Presburger Automata
We denote by invV (P ) the V -vector lattice invV (P ) = Zm ∩ V ∩ inv(X ) for any (empty or non-empty) semi-V -pattern P .
Least Significant Digit First Presburger Automata
Moreover, as Zm ∩ Γ −1 r,m,σ1 (ξr,m (w) + H ) is non empty and H ⊆ V, we deduce r,m,σ1 (ξr,m (w) + V ) and Zm ∩ Γ −1 that the sets Zm ∩ Γ −1 r,m,σ2 (ξr,m (w) + V ) are non empty.
Least Significant Digit First Presburger Automata
For al l finite F ⊂ I, UF is non-empty iff VF is non-empty (i.e. the natural map among the nerves of the coverings is an isomorphism).
O-minimal cohomology: finiteness and invariance results
By the statement (1), M0 is a non-empty open of the irreducible component M, and by Lemma 3.5 (2), C1 is a non-empty Zariski dense in C ; observe that we have assumed that C is not the circle centered at A and radius d.
An Algebraic Analysis of Conchoids to Algebraic Curves
Since M is irreducible, since is M0 non-empty an open in M, by Lemma 3.5 one has that Ω is a non-empty Zariski subset of M.
An Algebraic Analysis of Conchoids to Algebraic Curves
If this collection is empty, then pY (g) is defined to be the empty set.
Coarse and synthetic Weil-Petersson geometry: quasi-flats, geodesics, and relative hyperbolicity
Observe that as soon as some Sk, k ≥ 2 is non-empty, then infinitely many Sk are non-empty, and hence S is not finite.
Algebraic characterization of logically defined tree languages
Theorem 1 directly ensures that Θ is empty with probability one if d∗ is negative and that, with probability one, Θ is empty or has Hausdorff dimension d∗ if d∗ is nonnegative.
Random fractals and tree-indexed Markov chains
As a consequence, the set Θ is empty if and only if all the compacts Ku are empty.
Random fractals and tree-indexed Markov chains
Hence, the study of the emptiness probability of Θ reduces to investigating the probability that all the compacts Ku are empty.
Random fractals and tree-indexed Markov chains
By virtue of (7), the set Ku is empty if and only if the set ∂ τu is empty.
Random fractals and tree-indexed Markov chains
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