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

Examples of filling in a Sentence

a filling for a tooth pies that need more filling
Recent Examples on the Web The school is also installing water bottle filling stations in every building on campus, plus at a number of outdoor locations. Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2022 Aberdeen has become a hydrogen hub after the council put in hydrogen filling stations which refuel road sweepers and waste trucks as well as buses and cars. Jocelyn Timperley, Wired, 9 Dec. 2021 However, the Petrol Retailers Association, which represents independent filling stations, warned that fuel supplies remain a problem and could be getting worse in places. Pan Pylas, ajc, 2 Oct. 2021 To make filling: In bowl of stand mixer that has been fitted with whisk attachment, combine cream and powdered sugar just until sugar is incorporated. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Dec. 2021 Make the filling: In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, Parmesan, zest of 4 lemons, crème fraîche and basil. Eleanore Park, WSJ, 21 Dec. 2021 To make the filling, sift together the confectioners' sugar and cocoa powder. CNN, 20 Dec. 2021 To make the filling: In a medium bowl combine the chocolate, sugar and cinnamon. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Nov. 2021 Make the filling: In a small bowl or measuring cup, stir together ¼ cup cold tap water and the gelatin. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Sep. 2021

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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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22 Jan 2022

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“Filling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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