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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Carmichael tweeted above a photo of the pot plants at the filling station. Travis Andersen,, "50 pot plants found inside vacant Walpole gas station," 20 Aug. 2019 The district will provide free recycled water fill-ups during the warm season on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The filling station is located at Campania Avenue and Camino San Thomas in 4S Ranch. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Olivenhain water district offers free recycled water," 5 Aug. 2019 Troy Phillips was repairing a propane filling station on Cape Cod one afternoon last October when his mother called, her voice frantic. Lynn Arditi, ProPublica, "Going Quiet: More States Are Hiding 911 Recordings From Families, Lawyers and the General Public," 16 July 2019 Five miles north of Crown Point, Justice of the Peace Clarence Kitchell came up with the novel idea of a combination marrying parlor and filling station. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana was a scandalous marriage mill and Valentino took advantage," 4 July 2019 An impromptu morgue was set up in front of Randy’s Auto Service, a filling station on the main drag through town, where the nine victims were brought. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to know about the F5 tornado that destroyed 90% of a Wisconsin town in 1984," 29 May 2019 The street food snack gol gappa — crisp little flour shells stuffed with potatoes, chickpeas and spiced water — are upgraded with a filling of potatoes and avocado, hold any messy liquid, and a single berry or fruit gel as garnish on top. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "At Punjab Grill, there are plenty of gilty pleasures," 21 Aug. 2019 Some earth is going to need to be moved that is technically afoul of rules meant to guard against improper filling of wetlands. Anthony Flint,, "Tired of waiting for national push, a buzzing hive of climate resilience innovators is at work in Boston," 8 Aug. 2019 With only the first parts completed, the rest of the Requiem is either a filling-in of Mozart’s sketches or altogether new music by Mozart pupils. Los Angeles Times, "Mozart’s Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl takes on special relevance in tragic times," 7 Aug. 2019

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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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