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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The large opening makes filling and cleaning the bottle extra easy. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "The Best Deals on Outdoor Gear and Clothing," 26 Apr. 2018 Make the filling: In a large skillet, heat olive oil and sauté onion until slightly caramelized, then add garlic and sofrito and sauté 2 minutes until garlic is soft. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hibiscus is the flower that's good enough to drink (and eat)," 24 Apr. 2018 To make filling, mix eggs, heavy cream, sorrel, chives, salt, and pepper in a medium-sized bowl. Judy Buchenot, Naperville Sun, "Suburban Cooks: Recipe for food-producing garden," 20 Apr. 2018 Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. To make the filling, in a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, light and dark corn syrups, bourbon, butter, and salt. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Throw the best Kentucky Derby party with tips from the guy who knows - 'America's CEO' Tim Laird," 5 Apr. 2018 After the potatoes were cooked, Adam made the filling by mixing the potatoes, cream cheese, salt and pepper. Carol Kovach,, "Parma South Presbyterian Church youth group members knead dough for mission projects, make pierogis for fish fries," 19 Feb. 2018 Make the filling: Whisk the cornstarch, 1 1/4 cups sugar, and 1 1/2 cups water together in a medium saucepan. Country Living, "Pie Recipes," 7 Feb. 2018 Meanwhile, make filling: In a small bowl, combine pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "King Cake," 12 Jan. 2018 Afoa said booster Becky Erickson provided the ingredients and the kitchen and even made the dough and prepared the filling. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "The Seawolves had to make a lot of pot pies to pay their way to a basketball tournament in Taiwan," 28 June 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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one that holds something together

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