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FILL, v.t. [Gr. allied perhaps to fold and felt; to stuff; L. pilus, pileus. We are told that the Gr. to approach, signified originally to thrust or drive, L. pello, and contracted, it is rendered to fill, and is full.]

1. Properly, to press; to crowd; to stuff. Hence, to put or pour in, till the thing will hold no more; as, to fill a basket, a bottle, a vessel.

Fill the water pots with water: and they filled them to the brim. John 2.

2. To store; to supply with abundance.

Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas. Gen. 1.

3. To cause to abound; to make universally prevalent.

The earth was filled with violence. Gen. 6.

4. To satisfy; to content.

Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude? Matt. 15.

5. To glut; to surfeit.

Things that are sweet and fat are more filing.

6. To make plump; as, in a good season the grain is well filled. In the summer of 1816, the driest and coldest which the oldest man remembered, the rye was so well filled, that the grain protruded beyond the husk, and a shock yielded a peck more than in common years.

7. To press and dilate on all sides or to the extremities; as, the sails were filled.

8. To supply with liquor; to pour into; as, to fill a glass for a guest.

9. To supply with an incumbent; as, to fill an office or vacancy.

10. To hold; to possess and perform the duties of; to officiate in, as an incumbent; as, a king fills a throne; the president fills the office of chief magistrate; the speaker of the house fills the chair.

11. In seamanship, to brace the sails so that the wind will bear upon them and dilate them.

To fill out, to extend or enlarge to the desired limit.

1. To fill up, to make full.

It pours the bliss that fills up all the mind.

But in this and many other cases, the use of up weakens the force of the phrase.

2. To occupy; to fill. Seek to fill up life with useful employments.

3. To fill; to occupy the whole extent; as, to fill up a given space.

4. To engage or employ; as, to fill up time.

5. To complete; as, to fill up the measure of sin. Matt. 23.

6. To complete; to accomplish.

And fill up what is behind of the afflictions of Christ.

Col. 1.

FILL, v.i.

1. To fill a cup or glass for drinking; to give to drink.

In the cup which she hath filled, fill to her double.

Rev. 18.

2. To grow or become full. corn fills well in a warm season. A mill pond fills during the night.

3. To glut; to satiate.

To fill up, to grow or become full. The channel of the river fills up with sand, every spring.

FILL, n. Fullness; as much as supplies want; as much as gives complete satisfaction. Eat and drink to the fill. take your fill of joy.

The land shall yield her fruit, and ye shall eat your fill, and dwell therein in safety. Lev. 25.



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FILL, v.t. [Gr. allied perhaps to fold and felt; to stuff; L. pilus, pileus. We are told that the Gr. to approach, signified originally to thrust or drive, L. pello, and contracted, it is rendered to fill, and is full.]

1. Properly, to press; to crowd; to stuff. Hence, to put or pour in, till the thing will hold no more; as, to fill a basket, a bottle, a vessel.

Fill the water pots with water: and they filled them to the brim. John 2.

2. To store; to supply with abundance.

Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas. Gen. 1.

3. To cause to abound; to make universally prevalent.

The earth was filled with violence. Gen. 6.

4. To satisfy; to content.

Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude? Matt. 15.

5. To glut; to surfeit.

Things that are sweet and fat are more filing.

6. To make plump; as, in a good season the grain is well filled. In the summer of 1816, the driest and coldest which the oldest man remembered, the rye was so well filled, that the grain protruded beyond the husk, and a shock yielded a peck more than in common years.

7. To press and dilate on all sides or to the extremities; as, the sails were filled.

8. To supply with liquor; to pour into; as, to fill a glass for a guest.

9. To supply with an incumbent; as, to fill an office or vacancy.

10. To hold; to possess and perform the duties of; to officiate in, as an incumbent; as, a king fills a throne; the president fills the office of chief magistrate; the speaker of the house fills the chair.

11. In seamanship, to brace the sails so that the wind will bear upon them and dilate them.

To fill out, to extend or enlarge to the desired limit.

1. To fill up, to make full.

It pours the bliss that fills up all the mind.

But in this and many other cases, the use of up weakens the force of the phrase.

2. To occupy; to fill. Seek to fill up life with useful employments.

3. To fill; to occupy the whole extent; as, to fill up a given space.

4. To engage or employ; as, to fill up time.

5. To complete; as, to fill up the measure of sin. Matt. 23.

6. To complete; to accomplish.

And fill up what is behind of the afflictions of Christ.

Col. 1.

FILL, v.i.

1. To fill a cup or glass for drinking; to give to drink.

In the cup which she hath filled, fill to her double.

Rev. 18.

2. To grow or become full. corn fills well in a warm season. A mill pond fills during the night.

3. To glut; to satiate.

To fill up, to grow or become full. The channel of the river fills up with sand, every spring.

FILL, n. Fullness; as much as supplies want; as much as gives complete satisfaction. Eat and drink to the fill. take your fill of joy.

The land shall yield her fruit, and ye shall eat your fill, and dwell therein in safety. Lev. 25.

FILL, n.

Fullness; as much as supplies want; as much as gives complete satisfaction. Eat and drink to the fill. Take your fill of joy. The land shall yield her fruit, and ye shall eat your fill and dwell therein in safety. Lev. xxv.


FILL, v.i.

  1. To fill a cup or glass for drinking; to give to drink. In the cup which she hath filled, fill to her double. Rev. xviii.
  2. To grow or become full. Corn fills well in a warm season. A mill pond fills during the night.
  3. To glut; to satiate. To fill up, to grow or become full. The channel of the river fills up with sand, every spring.

FILL, v.t. [Sax. fyllan, gefillan; D. vullen; G. füllen; Sw. fylla; Dan. fylder, to fill; Fr. fouler, to full, to tread, that is, to press, to crowd; foule, a crowd; Gr. πολυς, πολλοι; allied perhaps to fold and felt; Ir. fillim; Gr. πιλος; πιλοω, to stuff; L. pilus, pileus. We are told that the Gr. πελαω, to approach, signified originally to thrust or drive, L. pello, and contracted into πλαω, it is rendered to fill, and πλεος is full. If a vowel was originally used between π and λ, in these words, they coincide with fill; and the L. pleo, (for peleo,) in all its compounds, is the same word. In Russ. polnei is full; polnyu, to fill. See Class Bl, No, 9, 11, 12, 15, 22, 30, 45, 47.]

  1. Properly, to press; to crowd; to stuff. Hence, to put or pour in, till the thing will hold no more; as, to fill a basket, a bottle, a vessel. Fill the water-pots with water: and they filled them to the brim. John ii.
  2. To store; to supply with abundance. Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas. Gen. i.
  3. To cause to abound; to make universally prevalent. The earth was filled with violence. Gen. vi.
  4. To satisfy; to content. Whence should we have so much bread in the wildernesses; as, to fill so great a multitude? Matth. xv.
  5. To glut; to surfeit. Things that are sweet and fat are more filling. Bacon.
  6. To make plump; as, in a good season the grain is well filled. In the summer of 1816, the driest and coldest which the oldest man remembered, the rye was so well filled, that the grain protruded beyond the husk, and a shock yielded a speck more than in common years.
  7. To press and dilate on all sides or to the extremities; as, the sails were filled.
  8. To supply with liquor; to pour into; as, to fill a glass for a guest.
  9. To supply with an incumbent; as, to fill an office or vacancy. Hamilton.
  10. To hold; to possess and perform the duties of; to officiate in, as an incumbent; as, a king fills a throne; the president fills the office of chief magistrate; the speaker of the house fills the chair.
  11. In seamanship, to brace the sails so that the wind will bear upon them and dilate them. To fill out, to extend or enlarge to the desired limit. To fill up, to make full. It pours the bliss that fills up all the mind. Pope. But in this and many other cases, the use of up weakens the force of the phrase. #2. To occupy; to fill. Seek to fill up life with useful employments. #3. To fill; to occupy the whole extent; as, to fill up a given space. #4. To engage or employ; as, to fill up time. #5. To complete; as, to fill up the measure of sin. Matth. xxiii. #6. To complete.; to accomplish. And fill up what is behind of the afflictions of Christ. Col. i.

Fill
  1. One of the thills or shafts of a carriage.

    Mortimer.

    Fill horse, a thill horse. Shak.

  2. To make full; to supply with as much as can be held or contained; to put or pour into, till no more can be received; to occupy the whole capacity of.

    The rain also filleth the pools. Ps. lxxxiv. 6.

    Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. Anf they filled them up to the brim. John ii. 7.

  3. To become full; to have the whole capacity occupied; to have an abundant supply; to be satiated; as, corn fills well in a warm season; the sail fills with the wind.
  4. A full supply, as much as supplies want; as much as gives complete satisfaction.

    "Ye shall eat your fill." Lev. xxv. 19.

    I'll bear thee hence, where I may weep my fill. Shak.

  5. That which fills; filling; specif., an embankment, as in railroad construction, to fill a hollow or ravine; also, the place which is to be filled.
  6. To furnish an abudant supply to; to furnish with as mush as is desired or desirable; to occupy the whole of; to swarm in or overrun.

    And God blessed them, saying. Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas. Gen. i. 22.

    The Syrians filled the country. 1 Kings xx. 27.

  7. To fill a cup or glass for drinking.

    Give me some wine; fill full. Shak.

    To back and fill. See under Back, v. i. -- To fill up, to grow or become quite full; as, the channel of the river fills up with sand.

  8. To fill or supply fully with food; to feed; to satisfy.

    Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fillso great a multitude? Matt. xv. 33.

    Things that are sweet and fat are more filling. Bacon.

  9. To possess and perform the duties of; to officiate in, as an incumbent; to occupy; to hold; as, a king fills a throne; the president fills the office of chief magistrate; the speaker of the House fills the chair.
  10. To supply with an incumbent; as, to fill an office or a vacancy.

    A. Hamilton.
  11. To press and dilate, as a sail; as, the wind filled the sails.

    (b)
  12. To make an embankment in, or raise the level of (a low place), with earth or gravel.

    To fill in, to insert; as, he filled in the figures. -- To fill out, to extend or enlarge to the desired limit; to make complete; as, to fill out a bill. -- To fill up, to make quite full; to fill to the brim or entirely; to occupy completely; to complete. "The bliss that fills up all the mind." Pope. "And fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ." Col. i. 24.

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FILL, verb transitive [Gr. allied perhaps to fold and felt; to stuff; Latin pilus, pileus. We are told that the Gr. to approach, signified originally to thrust or drive, Latin pello, and contracted, it is rendered to fill and is full.]

1. Properly, to press; to crowd; to stuff. Hence, to put or pour in, till the thing will hold no more; as, to fill a basket, a bottle, a vessel.

FILL the water pots with water:and they filled them to the brim. John 2:7.

2. To store; to supply with abundance.

Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas. Genesis 1:22.

3. To cause to abound; to make universally prevalent.

The earth was filled with violence. Genesis 6:11.

4. To satisfy; to content.

Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude? Matthew 15:33.

5. To glut; to surfeit.

Things that are sweet and fat are more filing.

6. To make plump; as, in a good season the grain is well filled. In the summer of 1816, the driest and coldest which the oldest man remembered, the rye was so well filled, that the grain protruded beyond the husk, and a shock yielded a peck more than in common years.

7. To press and dilate on all sides or to the extremities; as, the sails were filled.

8. To supply with liquor; to pour into; as, to fill a glass for a guest.

9. To supply with an incumbent; as, to fill an office or vacancy.

10. To hold; to possess and perform the duties of; to officiate in, as an incumbent; as, a king fills a throne; the president fills the office of chief magistrate; the speaker of the house fills the chair.

11. In seamanship, to brace the sails so that the wind will bear upon them and dilate them.

To fill out, to extend or enlarge to the desired limit.

1. To fill up, to make full.

It pours the bliss that fills up all the mind.

But in this and many other cases, the use of up weakens the force of the phrase.

2. To occupy; to fill Seek to fill up life with useful employments.

3. To fill; to occupy the whole extent; as, to fill up a given space.

4. To engage or employ; as, to fill up time.

5. To complete; as, to fill up the measure of sin. Matthew 23:32.

6. To complete; to accomplish.

And fill up what is behind of the afflictions of Christ.

Colossians 1:24.

FILL, verb intransitive

1. To fill a cup or glass for drinking; to give to drink.

In the cup which she hath filled, fill to her double.

Revelation 18:6.

2. To grow or become full. corn fills well in a warm season. A mill pond fills during the night.

3. To glut; to satiate.

To fill up, to grow or become full. The channel of the river fills up with sand, every spring.

FILL, noun Fullness; as much as supplies want; as much as gives complete satisfaction. Eat and drink to the fill take your fill of joy.

The land shall yield her fruit, and ye shall eat your fill and dwell therein in safety. Leviticus 25:19.

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