infill

noun
in·​fill | \ ˈin-ˌfil How to pronounce infill (audio) \

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 noun St. 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.

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Gray later formed Bridgewood and RCM, focusing on higher-end, ground-up developments across the care continuum in urban infill markets with dislocations in supply-demand balance. Houston Chronicle, "Bridgewood Property Co. builds regional scale in senior living," 19 July 2019 There were different styles and infill options to investigate. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "The grass is greener: Barrington installs new FieldTurf surface in time for fall sports to begin," 12 July 2019 Today, Charlie Woolley is the founding principal and president of St. Charles Town Company, a real estate development firm specializing in historic rehabilitation, urban infill and affordable housing. Joanne Davidson, The Denver Post, "Seen: Charlie and Karin Woolley honored at Rendezvous Gala," 3 July 2019 The site’s past led to choices such as using Heath Ceramics tile and white farmhouse brick from Clé Tile that slyly alludes to the cinder block and hollow-clay tile infill that previously chopped up the structure. Jessica Ritz, latimes.com, "The Manufactory: A new culinary anchor in the Arts District," 10 June 2019 Moreover, policies adopted by the city and ballot measures passed by voters in recent years clearly point to development in infill areas, and protecting Coyote Valley as open space. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Voters prefer infill development and protecting Coyote Valley," 9 June 2019 Rather, much of the slab floor and infill beneath it will be removed to expose the original steel-and-concrete supports that have long held it up. Peter Dobrin, https://www.inquirer.com, "Franklin Institute locomotive is going to perch overhead in a $6 million train room renovation," 4 June 2019 She and her cousin Katherine Bardis run Bardis Homes, which specializes in urban infill such as The Mill at Broadway and The Good Project, a sleek urban townhouse development in West Sacramento. Hudson Sangree, sacbee, "These infill homes are so popular that their young builders are clearing space for more," 19 Jan. 2018 Before a 19th-century infill effort, Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood was exactly that—a bay. Adam Bonislawski, WSJ, "Land Goes from ‘Dirt Cheap’ to ‘Pay Dirt’," 19 July 2018

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First Known Use of infill

1939, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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