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Dictionary Definition



1 a quantity sufficient to satisfy; "he ate his fill of potatoes"; "she had heard her fill of gossip"
2 any material that fills a space or container; "there was not enough fill for the trench" [syn: filling]


1 make full, also in a metaphorical sense; "fill a container"; "fill the child with pride" [syn: fill up, make full] [ant: empty]
2 become full; "The pool slowly filled with water"; "The theater filled up slowly" [syn: fill up] [ant: empty]
3 occupy the whole of; "The liquid fills the container" [syn: occupy]
4 assume, as of positions or roles; "She took the job as director of development" [syn: take]
5 fill or meet a want or need [syn: meet, satisfy, fulfill, fulfil]
6 appoint someone to (a position or a job)
7 eat until one is sated; "He filled up on turkey" [syn: fill up]
8 fill to satisfaction; "I am sated" [syn: satiate, sate, replete]
9 plug with a substance; "fill a cavity"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /fɪl/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪl

Etymology 1

etyl ang fyllan.


  1. transitive ergative to make full.
to make full

Etymology 2

etyl ang fyllu, from . Cognate with German Fülle.


  1. The full amount which a person can eat and/or drink; enough to be satisfied.
    Don't feed him anymore, he's had his fill.




fill m (pl., fije)


  1. at once, immediately.





  1. son



From fillid < < ; cf. German walzen, Latin volvo



  1. to turn back
  2. to fold
  3. to return



Extensive Definition

Fill may refer to:
  • Fill dirt, soil added to an area.
  • Fill (music), a short segment of instrumental music.
  • In textiles, the filling yarn is the same as weft, the yarn which is shuttled back and forth across the warp to create a woven fabric.
  • In finance, a fill is the fulfillment of a part or whole of an order at a given price by a broker or counterparty
  • Fill flash is a technique in photography where the flash is used in bright locations to prevent shadows from being underexposed.
  • Flood fill, in graphic design fills a color, pattern, or texture in an area.

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