Definition of filling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfiliNG/


1A quantity of material that fills or is used to fill something: a cushion with polyester filling
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  • Moreover, its production creates less than half the greenhouse gases normally generated in producing synthetic fillings for duvets and pillows.
  • ‘It was a fur covered pillow that had a soft fuzzy filling,’ writes one guy.
  • Similarly, sofas and chairs should be selected with a conscientious eye - those filled with natural fibres such as feathers and down are favoured over synthetic fillings.
1.1A piece of material used to fill a cavity in a tooth: a gold filling
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  • Silver remains the substance of choice for the majority of fillings in permanent teeth.
  • Mouth ulcers are common and are usually due to trauma such as from ill fitting dentures, fractured teeth, or fillings.
  • Tiny grooves may need to be cut into remaining teeth or fillings, so that the denture clips into a firm position.
1.2An edible substance placed between the layers of a sandwich, cake, or other foodstuff: a Swiss roll with a chocolate filling
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  • Layers, fillings, stuffings - these are the elements of impressive party food.
  • The sandwich fillings will certainly come as welcome relief to those of you that can't face another tired cheese sandwich.
  • Dry the sheets and layer the filling between them.
1.3North American another term for weft1.


(Of food) leaving one with a pleasantly satiated feeling: a filling spicy bean soup
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  • The only space left, after that mountain of filling food, is for a couple of cocktails at Middlesex.
  • I grew up on a filling diet of traditional handmade Italian food cooked by my father, and learned to make such dishes myself.
  • As delicious as it was, it was by no means a filling dish.
substantial, hearty, ample, satisfying, square;

Words that rhyme with filling

deskilling, grilling, killing, Pilling, quilling, Schilling, self-fulfilling, shilling, Trilling, unfulfilling, willing

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Syllabification: fill·ing

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