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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Return to the oven and bake (350 degrees) for an additional 15 minutes, or until the filling is heated through. 8. Joe Yonan, The Seattle Times, "Vegetarian (or vegan) guests for Thanksgiving? Serve them this beauty," 13 Nov. 2018 Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 30–40 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "What’s on the Menu at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards Dinner? Chicken Pot Pie, of Course," 6 Nov. 2018 However, the firmer pencil ensures that the filling-in process is foolproof and all your work stays put. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why Yara Shahidi's Makeup Artist Emily Cheng Swears by ColourPop's $5 Brow Pencil," 22 Aug. 2018 The crust is flaky and the filling is sweet and rich. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Helio Basin Brewing Co. brings Arizona cuisine to Phoenix brewery, but fascinating menu feels out of place," 6 June 2018 The fresh berry filling is sweetened just enough with honey to punctuate the inherent sweetness of the fruit, and a splash of balsamic vinegar adds a deep, jammy flavor dimension. Ellie Krieger, charlotteobserver, "Mixed-berry galette makes dessert easy as pie," 29 May 2018 Bake until the filling is golden brown but still a little jiggly in the center, 50 to 60 minutes. Karen Lubeck, Town & Country, "Clotilde Dusoulier’s Fifth Cookbook Brings Parisian Flavors to Your Kitchen," 22 May 2018 The taco filling was brightly spicy and well balanced. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage, rejoice: food truck season has arrived," 6 Apr. 2018 Set the dish on the baking sheet and bake until the filling is hot throughout and bubbling at the edges, and the top is attractively browned, about 30 to 40 minutes. Adam Ried,, "Recipes: Refresh your St. Patrick’s Day menu with Irish seafood and a Guinness dessert," 9 Mar. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of filling

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


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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