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Fill appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Amen! I call if I fill a cinema.
  • Straps may pull if I fill up yams’ parts.
  • Sir, a still life we redid ere we fill lit saris.
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Fill is sometimes a misspelling of feel, fell, file or full.

The word fill is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun fill

What does fill mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: fills

  1. a quantity sufficient to satisfy
    • examples: he ate his fill of potatoes | she had heard her fill of gossip
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • more generic words: enough / sufficiency = an adequate quantity
  2. any material that fills a space or container
    • example: there was not enough fill for the trench
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • synonym of fill: filling
    • more generic words: material / stuff = the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
    • more specific word: cement = any of various materials used by dentists to fill cavities in teeth

Alternative definition of the noun fill


  1. [context: after a possessive] A sufficient or more than sufficient amount.
  2. An amount that fills a container.
  3. The filling of a container.
  4. Inexpensive material used to occupy empty spaces, especially in construction.
  5. [archeology] Soil and/or human-created debris discovered within a cavity and exposed by excavation; fill soil.

Definition of the verb fill

What does fill mean as a doing word?

Fill is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: filled | filling | fills

  1. make full, also in a metaphorical sense
  2. become full
    • examples: The pool slowly filled with water | The theater filled up slowly
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of fill: fill up
    • antonym of fill: empty
    • more generic terms: change state / turn = undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
    • more specific terms:
      • water = fill with tears
      • flood = become filled to overflowing
      • rack up = supply a rack with feed for
  3. occupy the whole of
  4. assume, as of positions or roles
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of fill: occupy / take
    • more generic terms: do work / work = be employed
  5. fill, satisfy or meet a want or need or condtion ro restriction
  6. appoint someone to (a position or a job)
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: employ / engage / hire = engage or hire for work
  7. eat until one is sated
    • example: He filled up on turkey
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonym of fill: fill up
    • more generic word: eat = take in solid food
  8. fill to satisfaction
  9. plug with a substance

Alternative definition of the verb fill


  1. [transitive] To occupy fully, to take up all of.
  2. [transitive] To add contents to (a container, cavity, or the like) so that it is full.
  3. To enter (something), making it full.
  4. [intransitive] To become full of contents.
  5. [intransitive] To become pervaded with something.
  6. [transitive] To satisfy or obey (an order, request, or requirement).
  7. [transitive] To install someone, or be installed, in (a position or office), eliminating a vacancy.
  8. [transitive] To treat (a tooth) by adding a dental filling to it.


Fill is the fictional character from the 2012 film Max.


"Fill" is a musical album of Keishi Tanaka.

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  1. Fill: In popular music, a fill is a short musical passage, riff, or rhythmic sound which helps to sustain the listener's attention during a break between the phrases of a melody. "The terms riff and fill are sometimes used interchangeably by musicians, but [while] the term riff usually refers to an exact musical phrase repeated throughout a song", a fill is an improvised phrase played during a section where nothing else is happening in the music. While riffs are repeated, fills tend to be varied over the course of a song. For example, a drummer may fill in the end of one phrase with a sixteenth note hi-hat pattern, and then fill in the end of the next phrase with a snare drum figure. In drumming, a fill is defined as a "short break in the groove--a lick that 'fills in the gaps' of the music and/or signals the end of a phrase. It's kind of like a mini-solo. A fill may be played by rock or pop instruments such as the electric lead guitar or bass, organ, or drums, or by other instruments such as strings or horns. In blues or swing-style scat singing, a fill may even be sung. In a hip-hop group, a fill may consist of rhythmic turntable scratching performed by a DJ.
  2. Fill: In archaeology a fill is the material that has accumulated or has been deposited into a cut feature such as ditch or pit of some kind of a later date than the feature itself. Fills are an important part of the archaeological record as their formation and composition can throw light on many aspects of archaeological study.

Phrases with Fill

Phrases starting with the word Fill:

  1. fill in
  2. fill up
  3. fill-in
  4. fill out
  5. Fill Soil
  6. fill again
  7. Fill Music
  8. fill the bill
  9. Fill One's Hand
  10. Fill In the Blank

Phrases ending with the word Fill:

  1. In-Fill
  2. Seed Fill
  3. Flood fill
  4. Valley Fill
  5. Get One's Fill

Other phrases containing the word Fill:

  1. to fill in
  2. to fill up
  3. to fill out
  4. to fill the bill
  5. February Fill-Dike

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Fill

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Google previewTransition from Fluid to Solid (2009)

Re-examining the Behavior of Concrete at Early Ages

Flowable fill is an extremely versatile construction material that has been used in a wide variety of applications. Among the...

One requirement typically encountered for flowable fill is the need to limit the maximum compressive strength (3).

Google previewHymnotheo. Anodynes (1721)

by Thomas Ken

First down fom Bliss Apostate Angels threw, First Co-Apostate Man from God withdrew ; Firfi Hao embroid, fill is the wo By climbing Heights, which God of Nature hars; which all Submission Penitent dislais,..., And eternizes Diabolick Pais.

Google previewAdobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book (2014 release) (2014)

by Brian Wood

fill is a graduated blend. 274 LESSON 9 Blending Colors and Shapes Getting started.

Google previewCDMA Radio with Repeaters (2007)

by Joseph Shapira, Samuel Miller

The gap it is designed to fill is the understanding of the interrelating processes within the CDMA system in the field, and with its embedded repeaters. Understanding these processes and trends offers guidance to the optimal solution – be it ...

Google previewMastering Blues Keyboard (1992)

by Merrill Clark

fill is an ascending segment. 56 Chapter 7 — Chicago/Delta Blues CHAPTER 7—CHICAGO/DELTA BLUES Background.

Google previewA Rhyming Dictionary (1824)

Answering at the Same Time, the Purposes of Spelling and Pronouncing the English Language ... [with] an Index of Allowable Rhymes by John Walker

Bill, chill, fill, drill, gill, hill, ill, kill, mill, pill, quill, rill, shrill, fill, ...

Google previewA Bantawa Dictionary (2003)

by Werner Winter

cooking cooking vessel small pot for cooking rice fill ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language (1775)

Answering at Once the Purposes of Rhyming, Spelling, and Pronouncing. On a Plan Not Hitherto Attempted ... To which is Prefixed a Copious Introduction to the Various Uses of the Work ... and for the Purposes of Poetry is Added an Index of Allowable Rhymes by John Walker

Bill, chill, fill, drill, gill, bill, ill, kill, mill, pill, quill, rill, shrill, Ás, /kill, spill, still, swill, thrill, till, trill, will, distil, fulfil, iesii, radiri, daffodil, utensis. Perfect rhymes, all words ending in ile with the accent on the antepenultimate syllable, as volatile, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Texas (2001)

by Nancy Capace

admitted to the bar in 1933 and commenced practice in Dallas, Texas; appointed as a Democrat by the Governor to the United States Senate on January 15, 1957, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Price Daniel and served from ...

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Usage statistics about fill

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb fill:

conversational speech58.06%task-oriented speech41.94%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun fill:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb fill:


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Small photo of A puff pastry shell or profiteroles on the parchment paper ready to fill with custard cream as sweet or other fillings as savoury.Small photo of sunlight portrait of woman fill visa application in travel agency. close up hands, pen and document. concept of private retailer or public service provides tourism related services on behalf ofSmall photo of Woman at dentist clinic gets dental treatment to fill a cavity in a tooth. Dental restoration and composite material polymerization with UV light and laser. The doctor works with an assistant. More...

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Sign language

"Come Fill This Place" in ASL / Sign Language

Quotes about Fill

Fill me with your love God
Fill me with your Grace God
Fill me with your song
Fill me with your song God (Aldo Kraas)
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Scrabble value of F4I1L1L1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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