filling

noun

fill·​ing ˈfi-liŋ How to pronounce filling (audio)
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

Example Sentences

a filling for a tooth pies that need more filling
Recent Examples on the Web For instance, The Great Bake states that sweet potato pie typically has a lighter filling, coarser texture and sweeter taste, whereas pumpkin pie is denser and has more spices. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 24 Nov. 2022 Serve with vanilla ice cream using the syrup from your filling as sauce. Essence, 23 Nov. 2022 Desserts or components thereof (such as sauce, crust, pie filling, or topping) can often be made at least a day ahead, if not more. Sunset Magazine, 21 Nov. 2022 Step 3Divide beef filling (heaping 1 tablespoon each) among rounds. Joy Cho, Good Housekeeping, 12 Nov. 2022 This filling, all-natural snack is great for busy parents or professionals. Molly Miller, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Nov. 2022 Some of my favorites were our Snickers cake: a three-layer chocolate cake with caramel-peanut filling, covered in rich chocolate ganache, and topped with chunks of Snickers. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 31 Oct. 2022 The long answer: something towering, custardy, rich, and filling, with buttery pockets that dribbled onto the plate with every forkful removed from a quiche-like slice. Kendra Vaculin, Bon Appétit, 17 Oct. 2022 Feel free to add additional ingredients to the filling, including bell peppers, onions, sour cream, avocado and olives. Robin Miller, USA TODAY, 16 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of filling was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Filling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/filling. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

filling

noun

fill·​ing ˈfil-iŋ How to pronounce filling (audio)
1
: material that is used to fill something
a filling for a tooth
2
: something that completes: as
a
: the yarn crossing over and under the warp in a fabric
b
: a food mixture used to fill pastry or sandwiches

Medical Definition

filling

noun

fill·​ing ˈfil-iŋ How to pronounce filling (audio)
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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