fill·​ing | \ ˈfi-liŋ How to pronounce filling (audio) \

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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Like the Forest Service, the Army Corps is only considering an inappropriately narrow set of impacts from the mine, Flynn says, examining only the impacts from the initial filling of nearby washes with earth. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "In a land of wild cats and scarce water, a battle over mining heats up," 25 Apr. 2019 But feel free to get creative — citrus curds (see the filling on my Royal Wedding Cake, which combines whipped cream and lemon curd as a filling) and syrups are fair game, too. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "The best thing to do with heavy cream? Whip it, whip it good.," 17 June 2019 Pulao is a simplified pairing of basmati rice, spices and flavorful fillings but much more weekday friendly, as the rice and other ingredients cook together in one pot. Simran Singh, The Mercury News, "Quick Cook: Chicken Pulao in a Rice Cooker," 15 June 2019 Buena Vista also has a sandbag filling station at 755 Gregg Drive open to residents 24 hours a day. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Colorado counties, towns and state agencies prepare for potential flooding," 7 June 2019 Kenneth James Murray, the son of Kermit Murray, a mechanic and filling station owner, and his wife, Ann Murray, a typing pool supervisor for the state of Illinois, was born and raised in Ashland, Ill., a farming town 50 miles from Springfield. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "Dr. Kenneth J. Murray, a retired neurosurgeon and avid skeet shooter, dies," 4 June 2019 Spoon about 2 tablespoons of potato filling into the center of the pastry circle. Roxanne Wyss, kansascity, "For Olathe cook, these pierogies are a holiday treat. But you can make them any time," 4 June 2019 The dough, glazes, jams and fillings are chef-made, in-house, each day. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Donut Day: Where to get your free doughnut in Orlando," 4 June 2019 Chicken wings, cornbread and bread pudding are there (one serving of that bread pudding alone is a whopping 1,390 calories, but it’s oh so sweet, moist and filling.). Peter G Sullivan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "100 miles of bike riding at the food-filled Trek 100. Is it possible to gain weight?," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of filling

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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)


fill·​ing | \ ˈfi-liŋ How to pronounce filling (audio) \

Kids Definition of filling

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


fill·​ing | \ ˈfil-iŋ How to pronounce filling (audio) \

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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