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fill

Definitions

  • The water wagon filled with red-hot coffee
    The water wagon filled with red-hot coffee
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fill plug with a substance "fill a cavity"
    • v fill become full "The pool slowly filled with water","The theater filled up slowly"
    • v fill make full, also in a metaphorical sense "fill a container","fill the child with pride"
    • v fill fill or meet a want or need
    • v fill fill to satisfaction "I am sated"
    • v fill eat until one is sated "He filled up on turkey"
    • v fill appoint someone to (a position or a job)
    • v fill assume, as of positions or roles "She took the job as director of development","he occupies the position of manager","the young prince will soon occupy the throne"
    • v fill occupy the whole of "The liquid fills the container"
    • n fill a quantity sufficient to satisfy "he ate his fill of potatoes","she had heard her fill of gossip"
    • n fill 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: Coffee sacks are usually made of hemp and weigh approximately 132 pounds when they are full of green coffee beans. It takes over 600,000 beans to fill a coffee sack.
    • Fill A full supply, as much as supplies want; as much as gives complete satisfaction. "Ye shall eat your fill .""I'll bear thee hence, where I may weep my fill ."
    • n Fill One of the thills or shafts of a carriage.
    • Fill That which fills; filling; filler; specif., an embankment, as in railroad construction, to fill a hollow or ravine; also, the place which is to be filled.
    • Fill 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.
    • Fill To fill a cup or glass for drinking. "Give me some wine; fill full."
    • Fill To fill or supply fully with food; to feed; to satisfy. "Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?""Things that are sweet and fat are more filling ."
    • Fill To furnish an abudant supply to; to furnish with as mush as is desired or desirable; to occupy the whole of; to swarm in or overrun. "And God blessed them, saying. Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas.""The Syrians filled the country."
    • Fill (Civil Engineering) To make an embankment in, or raise the level of (a low place), with earth or gravel.
    • Fill To make full; to supply with as much as can be held or contained; to put or pour into, till no more can be received; to occupy the whole capacity of. "The rain also filleth the pools.""Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. Anf they filled them up to the brim."
    • Fill To possess and perform the duties of; to officiate in, as an incumbent; to occupy; to hold; as, a king fills a throne; the president fills the office of chief magistrate; the speaker of the House fills the chair.
    • Fill (Naut) To press and dilate, as a sail; as, the wind filled the sails.
    • Fill To supply with an incumbent; as, to fill an office or a vacancy.
    • Fill (Naut) To trim (a yard) so that the wind shall blow on the after side of the sails.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In seventy-five years the human heart pumps 3,122,000,000 gallons of blood, enough to fill in oil tanker over 46 times.
    • fill To make full; put or pour something into till no more can be contained; cause to be occupied so that no space, or no available space, is left vacant: as, to fill a basket with fruit; to fill a bottle or a vessel; to fill a church; to fill a cavity in the ground or in a tooth.
    • fill To occupy the whole capacity or extent of; occupy so as to leave no space, or no appropriate space, vacant; permeate; pervade: as, the water fills the vessel; the company filled the house; air fills the space all around us.
    • fill To satisfy or content with fullness; glut; satiate.
    • fill Nautical: To distend, as a sail, to its full extent by pressure, as of the wind.
    • fill To brace, as the yards, so that the wind will bear upon the sails and distend them.
    • fill To supply with an incumbent: as, to fill an office or a vacancy.
    • fill To possess and perform the duties of; officiate in as an incumbent; hold or occupy: as, he fills his office acceptably; to fill the speaker's chair.
    • fill To pour into something.
    • fill To stop up the cracks, crevices, or pores of, or hollows in; cover with a substance, as varnish, paste, or sizing, which will smooth or even the surface of, as leather, wood, canvas, or the like; specifically, to apply a varnish or paste to (wood), in order to fill the grain. See filler, 3.
    • fill In trade, to make up the bulk, or produce a desired appearance of, by using sham or inferior materials; adulterate; doctor; water.
    • fill To insert so as to complete a list, an account, etc.: as, he filled in the omitted items.
    • fill To pour out.
    • fill To make complete or finished.
    • fill To pour a liquid into a cup or glass until it is full; hence, to give or take to drink.
    • fill To grow or become full: as, corn fills well in a warm season; a mill-pond fills during the night.
    • n fill A full supply; enough to satisfy want or desire; as much as gives complete satisfaction.
    • n fill An amount of something sufficient for filling; a charge.
    • n fill A shaft; a thill.
    • fill An obsolete variant of fell.
    • fill An obsolete preterit of fall.
    • n fill A dialectal variant of field.
    • n fill Thyme.
    • fill In poker, to draw cards which improve the hand: usually restricted to filling four-card flushes or straights.
    • fill To execute: as. to fill an order for goods.
    • fill To make up: as, to fill a prescription.
    • n fill In engineering: An embankment of earth or rock made as a road-bed: the opposite of cut.
    • n fill The vertical height of the top of an embankment above the natural surface at any point.
    • n fill Deposition alternating with or in contrast to scouring out. The contrasting terms are scour and fill, cut and fill.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Most marine fish can survive in a tank filled with human blood
    • v.t Fill fil to make full: to put into until all the space is occupied: to supply abundantly: to satisfy: to glut: to perform the duties of: to supply a vacant office
    • v.i Fill to become full: to become satiated
    • n Fill as much as fills or satisfies: a full supply: a single charge of anything
    • n Fill fil (Shak.) the thill or shaft of a cart or carriage.
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Quotations

  • Hadas In A Review.
    Hadas In A Review.
    “This book fills a much-needed gap.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph%20Waldo%20Emerson
    “To fill the hour -- that is happiness.”
  • Albert Einstein
    Albert%20Einstein
    “The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth.”
  • Robert Frost
    Robert%20Frost
    “One aged man -- one man -- can't fill a house.”
  • Plutarch
    Plutarch
    “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    Michel%20Eyquem%20De%20Montaigne
    “My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.”

Idioms

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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fillen, fullen, AS. fyllan, fr. full, full; akin to D. vullen, G. füllen, Icel. fylla, Sw. fylla, Dan. fylde, Goth. fulljan,. See Full (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Thill.

Usage

In literature:

The sails, filled by the wind, swelled out and carried them along in wild career.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
The little telegraph stations along the road are filled with anxious groups of men who have friends and relatives in Johnstown.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
With a standard pipette fill 100 c. mm.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
At the sight of her I was filled with the deepest sympathy.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
It will calm your mind, fill you with peace, sometimes give you visions.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
I see my mother at the spinning wheel, I help her fill the candle molds.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
Elfrida filled the cup and handed it to the boy king.
"ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands;" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Fulfill these conditions and your drawing room will be often filled and the fame of it will go abroad.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Butter some cups, half fill them, and bake the puddings.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Sheet your pate moulds very thin, fill them with crumbs of bread, and bake lightly.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
Even then it was thought of Peter that filled her brain.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
The first event filled Kent with joy.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
Through this place a little soft filling over and between the shoulders to fill out hollowness.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
Testing and Filling Service.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
The hearing was held in the ladies' reception room, which was completely filled.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
Many women came from over the State to this special session and filled the galleries.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
When he had filled his pocket he straightened up and started toward the shore.
"Claire" by Leslie Burton Blades
While watering horses I rode about two miles into the country, filled my haversack with ripe, juicy plums.
"An Artilleryman's Diary" by Jenkin Lloyd Jones
His books and the welfare of the miners whose labour was one of the chief sources of the Wychcote riches, amply filled his time.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
Mix with the prepared oysters and fill the lined baking dish.
"Civic League Cook Book" by Anonymous
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In poetry:

"I plow the untilled upland,
I ripe the seeding grass,
And fill the leafy forest
With music as I pass.
"Earth Voices" by Bliss William Carman
And so I leave my mother lone,
No meal to fill the pot,
And follow, follow wild Eileen.
If so I will or not.
"The Enchantress" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
Stronger and sweeter
New gods shall seek it.
Fill it with man-folk
Wise for the future,
Wise from the past.
"The Voyage To Vinland: Bioern's Beckoners" by James Russell Lowell
So I weary, O, I weary,
I weary, I know not why,
And a sadness fills me slowly
As the twilight fills the sky.
"I Weary To-Night, I Weary" by Alexander Anderson
In the night I dreamed of you;
All the place was filled
With your presence; in my heart
The strife was stilled.
"At Dawn" by Amy Levy
I weary to-night, I weary,
I weary, I know not why,
And a sadness fills me slowly
As the twilight fills the sky.
"I Weary To-Night, I Weary" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Hundreds of balloons filled the New Mexico sky in a mass ascension at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
Though we missed Mr Sedaris yesterday, we're still getting our fill of "IRL" encounters with This American Life personalities.
Fill in the below banks with the following words or use your own words.
The ring is filled before the Main Event.
But glaringly absent from the parade of would-be heirs to the throne has been the old-school breed of ass-kicker we grew up with in the '80s, the sword-wielding hero at the epicenter of a world filled with magic.
Dickey's Barbecue Pit filling, but disappointingly erratic.
Rubio's fill-in has 21 points.
He bartered auditing services at a filling station for gasoline, and charged his cellphone in his car while driving.
Bartering helps restaurants fill seats, reassuring prospective customers who might be turned off by the sight of a vacant eatery.
The headlines are filled with examples of troublesome business relationships that have resulted in unpleasant surprises.
Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre is scheduled to reopen in January 2013 after a friction-filled two-year period of money woes and drastic change at one of the country's oldest community playhouses.
"Butch" Otter announced today that he has appointed Republican Gayle Batt to fill the seat of Rep Pat Takasugi, who died earlier this month after a battle with cancer.
Everybody who could hit left-handed was in Detroit's batting order here tonight against Cleveland right-hander Fausto Carmona, and they filled five of nine spots in the batting order : 1.
CHICO — Community members filled seats and lined walls for a Veterans Day Celebration this Sunday, held in the Chico Elks Lodge.
Tennessee Lady Vols forward Vicki Baugh talks about trying to be more involved in filling the team's leadership void.
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In science:

Our methods are inspired by the work of Fill on the Tsetlin library, and some of our formulas may be essentially the same as unpublished results of his.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
Our methods in this section are inspired by the paper of Fill .
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
Fill, except that he works with operators on RC instead of with elements of RS .
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
One can check that eX annihilates RC if |X | = n − 1, so the spectral decomposition of left multiplication by w on RC only involves 2n − n idempotents, as in Fill’s paper.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
Extension of Fill’s perfect rejection sampling algorithm to general chains.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
Filled circle means probability for α = 0.27 and filled triangle for α = 0.3.
Mechanism of synchronization in a random dynamical system
An important issue is the choice of the gas filling.
An efficient photoelectric X-ray Polarimeter for the study of Black Holes and Neutron Stars
Filled and open squares are for ellipticals and S0s, respectively.
A Synthesis of Data from Fundamental Plane and Surface Brightness Fluctuation Surveys
Both have only the method Fill Masses() in order to set or calculate the masses of the different particles, when called.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Fill Coupling() fills all couplings into the String Handler.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Fill Args() constructs the list of arguments for one Z function.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Fill Zfunc() specifies all arguments, couplings and propagators of one Zfunc.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Fill() completes the list of arguments for the propagators.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
Filled symbols mark high randomness: δ = 0.44; empty symbols mark low randomness: δ = 0.04.
Spin Reduction Transition in Spin-3/2 Random Heisenberg Chains
Filled circles show all ob jects with measured radial velocities, with the exception of #4497 and #1982 which, once again, fall outside the plotted region.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
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