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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At a recent conference, I was given a sandwich wrap for lunch, and it was cut at an angle to display a bigger cross-section of the filling. Eugenia Cheng, WSJ, "Sine Waves Show the Power of Perspective," 10 Apr. 2019 Presented like a taco, the ratio of shredded lamb and cabbage filling was a bit off balance with the lamb outweighing the cabbage and lacking any exciting flavor notes. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Oskar's fills a food void in Louisville we didn't know we had | Review," 4 July 2018 Ovos moles are shaped like seashells, with a filling of egg yolk and sugar. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "The Prettiest Pastries of Portugal, and How to Recognize Them," 16 May 2018 Stuffed peppers, as their name asserts, are stuffed with filling. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "Stuffed Peppers Are Old School, But This Recipe Is Forever," 22 Feb. 2018 Morgan Stanley’s second-in-command, Colm Kelleher, is retiring, opening a seat whose filling will signal the Wall Street firm’s likely heir apparent. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Morgan Stanley’s No. 2 Executive to Retire," 28 Mar. 2019 Cook up canned pumpkin before adding it to your filling. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make a Crowd-Pleasing Pumpkin Slab Pie," 19 Oct. 2018 With its cheesy creamy filling, the pie is even yummier the next day. Amy Dewall Dadmun, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Revolving door' of summer visitors calls for special food," 19 May 2018 Broiled crab cakes measured up solidly — sizable lumps of crabmeat with nary a trace of filling, and a rather subtle, roasted garlic aioli for a finishing flourish. Tim Smith,, "Festive drinks, fetching views give food a boost at 16 on the Park," 3 May 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 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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