Character 5
Hyphenation emp ty
Pronunciations /ˈɛmpti/

Definitions and meanings of "Empty"

What do we mean by empty?

Having nothing inside or on the surface; holding or containing nothing. adjective

Having no elements or members; null. adjective

Having no occupants; not being used. adjective

Not having an incumbent or occupant; unfilled. adjective

Not put to purposeful use; idle. adjective

Lacking force or power. adjective

Lacking purpose or substance; meaningless. adjective

Needing nourishment; hungry. adjective

Devoid; destitute. adjective

To remove the contents of. intransitive verb

To transfer or pour off completely. intransitive verb

To unburden; relieve. intransitive verb

To become empty. intransitive verb

To discharge its contents. intransitive verb

An empty container. noun

To deprive of contents; remove, pour, or draw out the contents from; make vacant: with of before the thing removed: as, to empty a well or a cistern; to empty a pitcher or a purse; to empty a house of its occupants.

To draw out, pour out, or otherwise remove or discharge, as the contents of a vessel: commonly with out: as, to empty out the water from a pitcher.

To discharge; pour out continuously or in a steady course: as, a river empties itself or its waters into the ocean. A strained use, which it is preferable to avoid, since a river is not emptied by its flow into the ocean.

(usually plural) A container, especially a bottle, whose contents have been used up, leaving it empty.

Synonyms and Antonyms for Empty

The word "empty" in example sentences

An empty box on the stage is not described to an audience as “empty, ” but is handled and moved about in the same way that any empty box would be treated -- though a tremulous bunny just might be hanging, unnoticed, behind it. ❋ Unknown (2010)

Instances of the word are not frequent, possibly because we had another word for empty (_toom_) in common with the Danes; but perhaps there was no necessity for dwelling upon it in the sense of _empty_; it was only its application as an epithet to a _concave_ or _hollow shield_ that your question could have had in view. ❋ Various (N/A)

An empty smoker in the Cornish express -- _empty_ except for me! ❋ Various (N/A)

Those empty vessels of ours, hearts "endowed with inexhaustible hope," must turn away from the grave (?) _empty still_. ❋ Various (N/A)

When they turn down an empty glass for me, it's going to be _empty_. ❋ Percy Marks (1923)

They had come to the same conclusion I had, that there wasn't any way of escape _except by that empty lateral_, _assuming it had been empty_. ❋ William MacLeod Raine (1912)

Liu's empty chair at that ceremony is still a symbol of Chinese government repression, and Chinese Web search engines have blocked the phrase "empty chair" in a bid to shut down discussion of his case. ❋ Unknown (2011)

It occurred to me soon after Sam got home, in fact-when I felt lighter, happier, and had exercised my bragging rights insufferably about his adaptation to college-that the term empty nest is a misnomer. ❋ Mimi Swartz (2010)

He has coined the term empty creditor to describe situations in which people to whom money is owed don't act as if they want to preserve the company that owes them money. ❋ Unknown (2009)

They fill all material bodies and occupy the whole of what we call empty space. ❋ Charles F. Haanel (2008)

Those here who dislike Sen. Obama tend to criticize what they call his empty rhetoric, his lack of experience and the fear that he would favor blacks and other minorities. ❋ Unknown (2008)

Her throat closed over the word empty, and now she was the one glancing away to the sky behind Stephen. ❋ Maribeth Fischer (2007)

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