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Definition of infill

1 : material that fills in something (such as a hole or the spaces between a building's structural members) volcanic infill fiberglass infill The artificial turf being used contains infill that is made from recycled tires …— Greg Fitzpatrick It's framed with hand-hewn cypress posts and beams, though instead of … brick infill … the walls are formed from … a mixture of mud, moss, and animal hair that was once used by native Americans living in the area.— Amy R. Hughes
2 : new buildings constructed in the space available between existing structures Urban infill, a big theme these days in city planning, is essentially the opposite of "urban sprawl." As cities grow, planners are looking for ways to pack more people into places that are already developed.— Franklyn Cater often used before another nounSt. Louis must be the infill capital of the nation. Liberally scattered over the city, especially in the older parts, you see clumps and blocks of new apartments, condominia and row houses tucked in among centenarian neighbors.— E. F. Porterinfill housing

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Other Words from infill

infill verb, transitive + intransitive infilled; infilling
… it was easier to achieve the vaults themselves by building them of a framework of ribs infilled with webs. — James F. O'Gorman Stump holes can be expected to infill with material from the pit walls and immediate vicinity … — Jonathan D. Phillips et al.

Examples of infill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, this year’s Homearama is set to be held Oct. 10-25 in Cincinnati’s East End in the Walnut Junction development - an urban, infill project of 39 single-family lots being developed near Walworth Avenue and Columbia Parkway. Randy Tucker, The Enquirer, "Homearama coming to Anderson Township in 2021," 8 July 2020 Eventually, it was piled with infill dirt to create solid land that in 1977 became home to the Nelson Piquet International Autódromo, a Formula One racetrack. Bill Donahue, Washington Post, "For the Olympics, poor communities in host cities are regularly displaced. For the Rio 2016 games, one village’s resistance sparked a global question: Should they be abolished?," 6 July 2020 If the residential infill project initiative passes, many neighborhoods will be impacted with incompatible new housing that is unlikely to be any more affordable than what is currently being built. oregonlive, "Portland Commissioner Position 1 candidates explain what city policy changes they’ll immediately support if elected," 24 Apr. 2020 The pilot side lot program will go with $1 across the board, as is generally the case with infill developers. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Shaker Heights revamps city side lot program, to be rolled out in late spring," 25 Feb. 2020 Using the residential infill project to build affordable housing across the city is also a priority. oregonlive, "Portland Commissioner Position 2 candidates explain what they believe are the city’s biggest inequities," 26 Apr. 2020 Fifteen of the largest U.S. cities are also members of the global C40 network, which advocates for a variety of urban climate solutions, including density and infill development. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "Denser Cities Could Spare Climate but Also Increase Virus Transmission," 27 Mar. 2020 These new infill homes are a prelude to our next residential development: Our new town homes, in the new Residential Attached zoning district in the northwest corner of the city, on the north end of the Cedar-Taylor District. cleveland, "University Heights mayor says city is ‘back on the map’," 15 Feb. 2020 Some of the larger lots will still be reserved for prospective developers and builders of infill housing, as has already been done or is in the works on seven properties. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Shaker Heights revamps city side lot program, to be rolled out in late spring," 25 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of infill

1939, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Infill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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