empty


empty
empty [emp′tē]
adj.
emptier, emptiest [ME emti & (with intrusive -p-) empti < OE æmettig, unoccupied, lit., at leisure < æmetta, leisure (< æ-, without + base of motan, to have to: see MUST1) + -ig, -Y2]
1. containing nothing; having nothing in it
2. having no one in it; unoccupied; vacant [an empty house]
3. carrying or bearing nothing; bare
4. having no worth or purpose; useless or unsatisfying [empty pleasure]
5. without meaning or force; insincere; vain [empty promises]
6. Informal hungry
vt.
emptied, emptying
1. to make empty
2.
a) to pour out or remove (the contents) of something
b) to transfer (the contents) into, onto, or on something else
3. to unburden or discharge (oneself or itself)
vi.
1. to become empty
2. to pour out; discharge [the river empties into the sea]
n.
pl. empties
an empty freight car, truck, bottle, etc.
SYN.- VAIN
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empty of
lacking; without; devoid of
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run on empty
to be at a level of energy, creativity, etc. that is inadequate to sustain worthwhile activity or achievement
emptily
adv.
emptiness
n.
SYN.- EMPTY means having nothing in it [an empty box, street, stomach, etc. ]; VACANT means lacking that which appropriately or customarily occupies or fills it [a vacant apartment, position, etc. ]; VOID, as discriminated here, specifically stresses complete or vast emptiness [void of judgment ]; VACUOUS –ANT. FULL1

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • Empty — Emp ty (?; 215), a. [Compar. {Emptier}; superl. {Emptiest}.] [AS. emtig, [ae]mtig, [ae]metig, fr. [ae]mta, [ae]metta, quiet, leisure, rest; of uncertain origin; cf. G. emsig busy.] 1. Containing nothing; not holding or having anything within;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • empty — adj 1 Empty, vacant, blank, void, vacuous mean lacking the contents that could or should be present. Something is empty which has nothing in it; something is vacant which is without an occupant, incumbent, tenant, inmate, or the person or thing… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • empty — ► ADJECTIVE (emptier, emptiest) 1) containing nothing; not filled or occupied. 2) having no meaning or likelihood of fulfilment: an empty threat. 3) having no value or purpose. ► VERB (empties, emptied) …   English terms dictionary

  • empty — c.1200, from O.E. æmettig at leisure, not occupied, unmarried, from æmetta leisure, from æ not + metta, from motan to have (see MIGHT (Cf. might)). The p is a euphonic insertion. Sense evolution from at leisure to empty is paralleled in several… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Empty — Emp ty, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Emptied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Emptying}.] To deprive of the contents; to exhaust; to make void or destitute; to make vacant; to pour out; to discharge; as, to empty a vessel; to empty a well or a cistern. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • empty — [adj1] containing nothing abandoned, bare, barren, blank, clear, dead, deflated, depleted, desert, deserted, desolate, despoiled, destitute, devoid, dry, evacuated, exhausted, forsaken, godforsaken*, hollow, lacking, stark, unfilled, unfurnished …   New thesaurus

  • empty of — completely without (something) The arena was empty of spectators. The streets are now empty of traffic. • • • Main Entry: ↑empty …   Useful english dictionary

  • Empty — Emp ty, n.; pl. {Empties}. An empty box, crate, cask, etc.; used in commerce, esp. in transportation of freight; as, special rates for empties. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Empty — Emp ty, v. i. 1. To discharge itself; as, a river empties into the ocean. [1913 Webster] 2. To become empty. The chapel empties. B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • empty — index barren, baseless, consume, deficient, deplete, devoid, diminish, dissipate (expend foolishly), evacuate …   Law dictionary


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