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
Recent Examples on the Web The release states that the filling of these initial three positions will cost the city $159,000, which was included in the $1.2 million dedicated to the implementation of such technology in the 2020 City-County Budget. Brooke Kemp, The Indianapolis Star, "IMPD signs contract to begin body camera use program. Here's what we know.," 9 July 2020 There are several touchless water bottle filling stations. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, "Desert Botanical Garden reopens after 3 months. Here are its COVID-19 safety precautions," 8 July 2020 Bake until filling is lightly golden, about 30 minutes. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Veggies galore: The joy of meatless meals," 23 June 2020 That essentially limits school districts to spending CARES money only on certain schools, and stops them from back-filling cuts or revenue losses at the state level. Benjamin Yount, Washington Examiner, "Wisconsin attorney general joins lawsuit to keep federal coronavirus money from private schools," 8 July 2020 In the case of the Atlantic Coast pipeline, the statement released by the company specifically cited recent court decisions that froze the use of Clean Water Act nationwide permits allowing the dredging and filling of wetlands. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "Activists have shut down two major fossil fuel pipelines—at least for now," 7 July 2020 Even then, the display was tiny (North's marketing images, showing a lens-filling image, were not accurate) with only a 300x300 resolution and a 15-degree field of view. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google Glass 3.0? Google acquires smart glasses maker North," 1 July 2020 Framing, installing and filling are explored as well to show how edible plants can be easy to maintain and be an attractive part of an ornamental garden throughout the year. Sally Peterson, oregonlive, "‘Kitchen Garden Revival’: Growing food can be easy and benefit the planet," 30 June 2020 Like many Caribbean stews, this one is hearty and filling, but the inclusion of fish, spicy plantains, breadfruit, and coconut dumplings lends the popular fare a unique, addictive flavor. Emma Sloley, Southern Living, "10 Iconic Caribbean Dishes You’ve Got To Try at Least Once," 8 June 2020

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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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1 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Filling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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