- To fill is defined as to put as much as possible or to occupy.
An example of to fill is putting as much salt into a salt shaker as will fit.
- The definition of fill is to supply what is needed, satisfy, close or put a person into.
- An example of to fill is a pharmacy giving a prescription to a customer.
- An example of to fill is a pregnant woman eating ice cream after having a craving for it.
- An example of to fill is putting putty into a small wall hole and making it smooth.
- An example of to fill is hiring someone for a position that was open at a company.
Someone fills a glass with water.
- to put as much as possible into; make full
- to put a considerable quantity of something into: to fill the tub for a bath, to fill one's life with joy
- to take up or occupy all or nearly all the capacity, area, or extent of: the crowd filled the room
- to spread or be diffused throughout
- to occupy (an office, position, etc.)
- to put a person into (an office, position, etc.)
- ☆ to fulfill (an engagement to perform, speak, etc.)
- to supply the things needed or called for in (an order, prescription, etc.)
- to satisfy (a need, requirement, etc.)
- to close or plug (holes, cracks, etc.)
- to insert a filling in (a tooth)
- to satisfy the hunger or desire of; feed or satiate
- ☆ to raise the level of (low land) by adding earth, gravel, etc.
- to cause (a sail) to swell out
- to adjust (a sail) so that the wind strikes its after side
- ☆ Poker to draw the card or cards needed to complete (a straight, flush, or full house)
Origin of fillMiddle English fillen, fullen ; from Old English fyllan ; from Germanic an unverified form fulljan, to make full ; from an unverified form fulla- (from source Gothic fulls, full) + -jan, causative suffix
- all that is needed to make full
- all that is needed to satisfy: to eat or drink one's fill
- ☆ anything that fills or is used to fill; esp., earth, gravel, etc. used for filling a hole or depression
- ☆ a piece of land artificially raised to a required level, as a railroad embankment
- to fill with some substance
- to make complete by inserting or supplying something
- to insert or supply for completion
- ☆ to be a substitute
- to make or become larger, rounder, shapelier, etc.
- ☆ to make (a document, etc.) complete by inserting or supplying information
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verbfilled, fill·ing, fills
- a. To put something into (a container, for example) to capacity or to a desired level: fill a glass with milk; filled the tub with water.b. To supply or provide to the fullest extent: filled the mall with new stores.c. To build up the level of (low-lying land) with material such as earth or gravel.d. To stop or plug up (an opening, for example).e. To repair a cavity of (a tooth).f. To add a foreign substance to (cloth or wood, for example).
- a. To flow or move into (a container or area), often to capacity: Water is filling the basement. Fans are filling the stadium.b. To pervade: Music filled the room.
- a. To satiate, as with food and drink: The guests filled themselves with pie.b. To engage or occupy completely: a song that filled me with nostalgia.
- a. To satisfy or meet; fulfill: fill the requirements. See Synonyms at satisfy.b. To supply what is specified by or required for: fill a prescription; fill an order.
- a. To put a person into (a job or position): We filled the job with a new hire.b. To discharge the duties of; occupy: How long has she filled that post?
- To cover the surface of (an inexpensive metal) with a layer of precious metal, such as gold.
- Nautical a. To cause (a sail) to swell.b. To adjust (a yard) so that wind will cause a sail to swell.
- An amount needed to make full, complete, or satisfied: eat one's fill.
- Material for filling a container, cavity, or passage.
- a. A built-up piece of land; an embankment.b. The material, such as earth or gravel, used for this.
Origin of fillMiddle English fillen, from Old English fyllan; see pel&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present fills, present participle filling, simple past and past participle filled)
- To occupy fully, to take up all of.
- To add contents to (a container, cavity, or the like) so that it is full.
- To enter (something), making it full.
- (intransitive) To become full.
- the bucket filled with rain; the sails fill with wind
- (intransitive) To become pervaded with something.
- My heart filled with joy.
- To satisfy or obey (an order, request, or requirement).
- The pharmacist filled my prescription for penicillin.
- We can't let the library close! It fills a great need in the community.
- To install someone, or be installed, in (a position or office), eliminating a vacancy.
- Sorry, no more applicants. The position has been filled.
- To treat (a tooth) by adding a dental filling to it.
- To fill or supply fully with food; to feed; to satisfy.
- (nautical) To trim (a yard) so that the wind blows on the after side of the sails.
From Middle English fillen, fullen, from Old English fyllan (“to fill, fill up, replenish, satisfy; complete, fulfill”), from Proto-Germanic *fullijaną (“to make full, fill”), from *fullaz (“full”), from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥h₁nós (“full”). Cognate with Scots fill (“to fill”), West Frisian folje (“to fill”), Dutch vullen (“to fill”), Low German fullen (“to fill”), German füllen (“to fill”), Danish fylde (“to fill”), Swedish fylla (“to fill”), Norwegian fylle (“to fill”), Icelandic fylla (“to fill”).
- (after a possessive) A sufficient or more than sufficient amount.
- Don't feed him any more: he's had his fill.
- An amount that fills a container.
- The mixer returned to the plant for another fill.
- The filling of a container or area.
- That machine can do 20 fills a minute.
- This paint program supports lines, circles, and textured fills.
- Inexpensive material used to occupy empty spaces, especially in construction.
- The ruins of earlier buildings were used as fill for more recent construction.
- (archaeology) Soil and/or human-created debris discovered within a cavity and exposed by excavation; fill soil.
- One of the thills or shafts of a carriage.
fill - Computer Definition
(1) In a graphics program, to apply color to a graphics object such as a rectangle, circle or polygon. In a paint program, the fill function is depicted as a paint bucket icon. It is used to "paint" objects or the entire canvas.
(2) In a spreadsheet, to enter common or repetitive values into a group of cells.
fill - Investment & Finance Definition
A trading term that indicates that the customer’s order to buy or sell stocks, bonds, futures, or options has been successfully completed. Orders that are only partly filled are called partial fills.