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Definition of EMPTY

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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; void of contents or appropriate contents; not filled; -- said of an inclosure, or a container, as a box, room, house, etc.; as, an empty chest, room, purse, or pitcher; an empty stomach; empty shackles. [1913 Webster]

     2. Free; clear; devoid; -- often with of. "That fair female troop . . . empty of all good." --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              I shall find you empty of that fault. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. Having nothing to carry; unburdened. "An empty messenger."
        --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]

              When ye go ye shall not go empty.     --Ex. iii. 21. [1913 Webster]

     4. Destitute of effect, sincerity, or sense; -- said of language; as, empty words, or threats. [1913 Webster]

              Words are but empty thanks.           --Cibber. [1913 Webster]

     5. Unable to satisfy; unsatisfactory; hollow; vain; -- said of pleasure, the world, etc. [1913 Webster]

              Pleas'd in the silent shade with empty praise.
                                                    --Pope. [1913 Webster]

     6. Producing nothing; unfruitful; -- said of a plant or tree; as, an empty vine. [1913 Webster]

              Seven empty ears blasted with the east wind. --Gen. xli. 27. [1913 Webster]

     7. Destitute of, or lacking, sense, knowledge, or courtesy; as, empty brains; an empty coxcomb. [1913 Webster]

              That in civility thou seem'st so empty. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     8. Destitute of reality, or real existence; unsubstantial; as, empty dreams. [1913 Webster]

     Note: Empty is used as the first element in a compound; as, empty-handed, having nothing in the hands, destitute; empty-headed, having few ideas; empty-hearted, destitute of feeling.

     Syn: See {Vacant}.
          [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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 v.0.48 [gcide]

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 clouds . . . empty themselves upon the earth.
                                                    --Eccl. xi. 3. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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 v.0.48 [gcide]

354 Moby Thesaurus words for "empty":
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