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Definition of Empty


  1. Containing nothing; not holding or having anything within; void of contents or appropriate contents; not filled; -- said of an inclosure, as a box, room, house, etc.; as, an empty chest, room, purse, or pitcher; an empty stomach; empty shackles.
  2. Free; clear; devoid; -- often with of.
  3. Having nothing to carry; unburdened.
  4. Destitute of effect, sincerity, or sense; -- said of language; as, empty words, or threats.
  5. Unable to satisfy; unsatisfactory; hollow; vain; -- said of pleasure, the world, etc.
  6. Producing nothing; unfruitful; -- said of a plant or tree; as, an empty vine.
  7. Destitute of, or lacking, sense, knowledge, or courtesy; as, empty brains; an empty coxcomb.
  8. Destitute of reality, or real existence; unsubstantial; as, empty dreams.
  9. An empty box, crate, cask, etc.; -- used in commerce, esp. in transportation of freight; as, "special rates for empties."
  10. 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.
  11. To discharge itself; as, a river empties into the ocean.
  12. To become empty.

Empty Quotations

I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches. - Alice Roosevelt Longworth
I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Hell is empty and all the devils are here.
William Shakespeare

This is what people don't understand: obesity is a symptom of poverty. It's not a lifestyle choice where people are just eating and not exercising. It's because kids - and this is the problem with school lunch right now - are getting sugar, fat, empty calories - lots of calories - but no nutrition.
Tom Colicchio

I am convinced that material things can contribute a lot to making one's life pleasant, but, basically, if you do not have very good friends and relatives who matter to you, life will be really empty and sad and material things cease to be important.
David Rockefeller

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach - waiting for a gift from the sea.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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Empty Translations

empty in Afrikaans is pap
empty in Dutch is hol, ledig, lens, loos, leeg
empty in French is videz, vident, vidanger, vider, vidons, vide
empty in German is ausleeren
empty in Italian is vuotare, vuoto, evacuare
empty in Latin is inanis, vacuus
empty in Norwegian is tom
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