- 1Put someone or something into (a space or container) so that it is completely or almost completely full: I filled up the bottle with water the office was filled with reportersMore example sentences
- Spoon batter into muffin pan which has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray, filling each cup ¾ full.
- We filled two bin liners full of broken glass, cans and bottles.
- Do not fill the bottles too full as this drink is very fizzy.
- 1.1 [no object] (fill with) Become full of: Eleanor’s eyes filled with tearsMore example sentences
- A good example of this is the road that that runs past the Flying Doctor Base which is full of potholes and fills with water every time it rains.
- I can't even look at a photograph or a small cross of steel without my eyes filling with tears.
- When she exhales, a breeze blows the smoke into my eyes and makes them fill with tears.
- 1.2Become an overwhelming presence in: a pungent smell of garlic filled the airMore example sentences
- The strong smell of his presence filled her senses and she found herself babbling uncontrollably, unable so stop.
- Screams of nineteen other petrified people filled the air and pervaded my hearing.
- The super-cute shop is always inviting, with the lovely smell of roses filling the air and rose petals scattered outside the entrance.
- 1.3Cause (someone) to have an intense experience of an emotion or feeling: his presence filled us with forebodingMore example sentences
- The fade-to-black at the end fills you with emotion and happiness; which is what a good film and a good song should do.
- But as she explains to Jan Goodwin, her childhood was blighted by polio - an experience that filled her with fighting spirit
- This experience does not fill me with confidence as to your abilities in the acquisition arena…
- 1.4Appoint a person to hold (a vacant position): the number of high-tech jobs and the people who can fill themMore example sentences
- In 1913 Eddington was appointed to fill the vacant position of Plumian Professor of Astronomy.
- It decided against filling the vacant post and the position won't be reviewed until later in the year.
- He added that despite several requests, the state government was not filling the posts lying vacant in the corporation.
- 1.5Hold and perform the expected duties of (a position or role): she fills the role of the “good” childMore example sentences
- She did a great job, considering she didn't have a clue and wasn't expecting to be filling this role.
- Jon Parkin is set to play in defence and is expected to fill that role at Northampton on Saturday when Chris Smith and Darren Edmondson are both suspended.
- It follows the departure from frontline politics of several MSPs who were expected to fill important roles when elected in 1999.
- 1.6Occupy or take up (a period of time): the next few days were filled with meetingsMore example sentences
- Months of social functions, illness and injuries have filled the intervening period.
- In fact, the entire flight back was filled with chatter regarding how we planned to fill our days before the long cruise.
- From the early seventies, the programmes started at 4.10, filling a ninety-minute period.
- 1.7chiefly North American Be supplied with the items described in (a prescription or order): she needed to fill a prescriptionMore example sentences
- A register of prescriptions filled by local pharmacies provided continuous data on use of cholesterol lowering drugs.
- After months of struggling to get enough chips to fill orders, supply is improving.
- The basic job consists of maintaining the inventory of books and filling the orders from members as they come in.
- 1.8Block up (a cavity in a tooth) with cement, amalgam, or gold.More example sentences
- In six European countries, dentists cannot legally fill teeth with silver amalgam (mercury).
- The compaction of amalgam into the cavity is not simply a matter of filling the hole.
- No one likes to do it, no one likes to spend the money or time, but filling a cavity is a whole lot cheaper than having a root canal.
- 1.9 [no object] (Of a sail) curve out tautly as the wind blows into it.More example sentences
- The wind had risen, the ropes cracking and straining even louder as the sails filled to capacity.
- For a while the ship kept bucking and sidling, the sails filling, now on one tack, now on another, till the mast groaned aloud under the strain.
- Mark watched the other ship draw closer, sensing the increase in their own speed as the sails filled again and the oarsman got their rhythm.
- 1.10(Of a weather system) increase in barometric pressure. Compare with deepen.
- 1.11 [with object] (Of the wind) blow into (a sail), causing it to curve outward.More example sentences
- The wind filled the sails and the ropes creaked and stretched with the strain as the ship ploughed through the waves.
- On its long Atlantic voyage, the armada made good progress with favourable winds filling the sails.
- By the time I got my main down they'd headed off in a circle because the wind filled their downed sail and it was like trying to catch an insane dolphin - but I did.
- 1.12 Poker Complete (a good hand) by drawing the necessary cards.More example sentences
- Replace any cards you popped with ones from your hand (face up) and then draw card to fill your hand to five.
- The dealer fills everyone's hand back to 6, and play resumes as normal.
- Lee has 9-9 making top trips but he has to be wary of players staying with four-flushes and four-straights hoping to fill their hands.
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- 1 (one's fill) An amount of something that is as much as one wants or can bear: we have eaten our fill I’ve had my fill of surprises for one dayMore example sentences
- Once you have had your fill of plain smoked salmon with brown bread and butter, think about using it in cooking.
- As far as I'm concerned I've had my fill of Tim.
- Well I've had my fill of fairness this afternoon.
- 2An amount of something that will occupy all the space in a container.More example sentences
- 7.48 A.M. I drop my brother off at Newlands Cross and get a fill of petrol in the station there.
- Just £15 will buy you a fill of Perfect Storm - a heady mix of compressed air, nitrous oxide and gaseous caffeine.
- The vouchers can be used to buy clothes, tyres, a fill of oil, groceries, electrical goods - the list goes on and on.
- 2.1Material, loose or compacted, that fills a space, especially in building or engineering work: loose polystyrene fillMore example sentences
- It comes in lightweight easy-to-handle bags and should be used in the same manner as loose fill or cellulose.
- Another method is to pour or blow in loose fill or cellulose insulation up to the joists for an even surface.
- Suitable material was used as required for building highway fill.
- 2.2The action of filling something, especially of shading in a region of a computer graphics display.More example sentences
- In many cases, its playable image quality surpassed the GeForce 6800 Ultra thanks to its superior fill rate and memory bandwidth.
- In looking at fill rate performance, we're looking at two things: pixel fill rate, and texture fill rate.
- It has an eight-pixel pipeline, as does the S8, capable of a 2.4 billion pixels per second fill rate.
- 2.3(In popular music) a short interjected phrase on a particular instrument.More example sentences
- By the album's last few tracks, the fills outweigh the backbeats to the point where he's pushing fusion jazz territory.
- Req doesn't spend time drawing complicated drum-and-bass fills into a sequencer.
- As the drummer spits out a cacophony of quick-wristed rhythms and slashing fills, the music rages on to a cathartic finale.
fill the bill
- see bill1.
fill someone's shoes
- • informal Take over someone’s function or duties and fulfill them satisfactorily.More example sentences
- Laura, literally, fills Kim's shoes for two days with the help of a ‘fat suit’ and makeup.
- Nevertheless, anyone filling your shoes will find it a hard act to follow.
- I decided to move on, and I'm sure there are plenty of good, young guys capable of filling my shoes.
- Act as a substitute for someone when they are unable to do their job: my producer will have to have someone standing by to fill in for meMore example sentences
- With Brooks absent because of a knock, the little-used Frost filled in at left-back.
- In the absence of first-hand testimony, conjecture fills in.
- Marky Ramone fills in on drums and former Black Flag member Dez Cadena slings guitar.
fill someone in
- 1Inform someone more fully of a matter, giving all the details: the cab driver filled me in on much important economic and sociological dataMore example sentences
- Can anyone fill me in on these important matters.
- When Steve fully awoke, Shield filled him in on the details.
- Seriously, somebody fill me in here.
- 2British • informal • dated Hit or punch someone: I filled in a chap and took his moneyMore example sentences
- I filled in a chap and took his money.
fill something in
- Complete a drawing by adding color or shade to the spaces within an outline: incised letters, filled in with goldMore example sentences
- The island, water, ships and rigging are all filled in with warm shades of watercolor.
- A few sections of the diagram are filled in with colour to create a shape that seems like a comet or some fantastic flying creature.
- The artists had drawn the figures beforehand, and then filled them in like a paint-by-numbers picture, color by color.
- chiefly British Add information to complete something, typically a form or other official document: he filled in all the formsMore example sentences
- So all you have to do is download this word document and fill it in and send it off.
- This is very convenient as forms can be filled in by dragging the information and of course the password feature will auto fill.
- But the project hit the headlines over allegations about the way applications for funds had been filled in before Mr Pierges took over.
- (Of a person) put on weight to a noticeable extent.More example sentences
- Rugby players, after they have filled out to their hop-assisted unnatural weight, don't go to games.
- But I really feel that when he fills out he's going to be a force to be reckoned with.
- It is a simple repetitive action that should stand up well under pressure, and I can only see it getting better as he matures and fills out a bit.
fill something out
- Add information to complete an official form or document: he filled out the requisite formsMore example sentences
- Once we filled it out and sent it in, we were officially a private school.
- After the movie I was walking through the diner and noticed a women filling out some kind of report.
- The chosen one fills out a form about themselves.
- Give more details to add to someone’s understanding of something: he filled out the background by going into historical questionsMore example sentences
- And there are several bits that would have filled the piece out: Side-effects from Plan B are less than in previous morning-after pills.
- I'd like to try and fill out what he was getting at.
- This meticulously researched book fills out his life and its achievements.
- Fill the fuel tank of a car.More example sentences
- What happens if you drive the car out of state and fill up with high-sulfur fuel?
- The AA advises customers to shop around for fuel and to avoid filling up at motorway service stations.
- Just recently a relative of mine was relieved of her handbag while getting into her car after filling up at a local petrol station.
Old English fyllan (verb), fyllu (noun) of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vullen and German füllen (verbs), Fülle (noun), also to full1.