filling

noun
fill·​ing | \ ˈfi-liŋ \

Definition of filling

1 : an act or instance of filling
2 : something used to fill a cavity, container, or depression
3 : something that completes: such as
a : the yarn interlacing the warp in a fabric also : yarn for the shuttle
b : a food mixture used to fill pastry or sandwiches

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Examples of filling in a Sentence

a filling for a tooth pies that need more filling

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Without power to control the pumps or control the filling of the ballast tanks, the dry dock completely submerged. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Russia’s only aircraft carrier damaged as its floating dry dock sinks," 30 Oct. 2018 Make filling: Whisk sweetened condensed milk and 4 egg yolks in a small bowl. Chelsea Zwieg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Some fantastic pies to make for Pi Day - 3/14," 13 Mar. 2018 The dumplings, vaguely Asian and served five to an order, in broth or, in the case of the shrimp variety, melted butter, are mostly bland, with mealy filling. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Tom Valenti Returns with Oxbow Tavern, and Gimmicks to Go at Lucky Pickle," 21 June 2018 Serving recommendations: Fox recommends combining almond butter with warm strawberry filling, or cashew butter with warm blueberries or peaches. Fox News, "Not your average Mother's Day Brunch: Surprise mom with fruit-filled paleo crepes," 10 May 2018 The price for the Croqueta Cake with Nutella filling is $56.99. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "It has vanilla, Nutella filling – and 100 croquetas. Behold Miami’s ‘croqueta cake’," 19 Feb. 2018 Here, the bagel is treated more like a submarine roll, stuffed with sandwich fillings that ranged from pastrami to meatballs to a burger. Charles Passy, WSJ, "In Search of a New York Bagel in Europe," 24 Nov. 2018 The filling is turned into a baked crust, covered with meringue, and baked for eight minutes. Marley Marius, Vogue, "7 Alternative Thanksgiving Desserts from the Vogue Archive," 16 Nov. 2018 Black Bean Taquitos Makes 8 servings (24 taquitos) MAKE AHEAD: The taquito filling can be refrigerated for up to 1 week, or frozen for up to 3 months. Joe Yonan, The Seattle Times, "How to make crispy, convenient taquitos (Slurpee not included)," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of filling

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of filling was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for filling

filling

noun

English Language Learners Definition of filling

: material that is used to fill something
: a food mixture that is used to fill something (such as pastry or a sandwich)

filling

noun
fill·​ing | \ ˈfi-liŋ \

Kids Definition of filling

: a substance used to fill something else a filling for a tooth pie filling

filling

noun
fill·​ing | \ ˈfil-iŋ \

Medical Definition of filling

1 : material (as gold or amalgam) used to fill a cavity in a tooth
2 : simple sporadic lymphangitis of the leg of a horse commonly due to overfeeding and insufficient exercise

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