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empty

[emp-tee] /ˈɛmp ti/
adjective, emptier, emptiest.
1.
containing nothing; having none of the usual or appropriate contents:
an empty bottle.
2.
vacant; unoccupied:
an empty house.
3.
without cargo or load:
an empty wagon.
4.
destitute of people or human activity:
We walked along the empty streets of the city at night.
5.
destitute of some quality or qualities; devoid (usually followed by of):
Theirs is a life now empty of happiness.
6.
without force, effect, or significance; hollow; meaningless:
empty compliments; empty pleasures.
7.
not employed in useful activity or work; idle:
empty summer days.
8.
Mathematics. (of a set) containing no elements; null; void.
9.
hungry:
I'm feeling rather empty—let's have lunch.
10.
without knowledge or sense; frivolous; foolish:
an empty head.
11.
completely spent of emotion:
The experience had left him with an empty heart.
verb (used with object), emptied, emptying.
12.
to make empty; deprive of contents; discharge the contents of:
to empty a bucket.
13.
to discharge (contents):
to empty the water out of a bucket.
verb (used without object), emptied, emptying.
14.
to become empty:
The room emptied rapidly after the lecture.
15.
to discharge contents, as a river:
The river empties into the sea.
noun, plural empties.
16.
Informal. something that is empty, as a box, bottle, or can:
Throw the empties into the waste bin.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English (with intrusive -p-); Old English ǣmettig vacant (ǣmett(a) leisure (ǣ- a-3 + Germanic *mōtithō accommodation; cf. must1, meet1) + -ig -y1)
Related forms
emptiable, adjective
emptier, noun
emptily, adverb
emptiness, noun
overempty, adjective
quasi-empty, adjective
self-emptiness, noun
self-emptying, adjective
unemptied, adjective
unempty, adjective
Synonyms
1. vacuous. Empty, vacant, blank, void denote absence of content or contents. Empty means without appropriate or accustomed contents: an empty refrigerator. Vacant is usually applied to that which is temporarily unoccupied: a vacant chair; three vacant apartments. Blank applies to surfaces free from any marks or lacking appropriate markings, openings, etc.: blank paper; a blank wall. Void emphasizes completely unfilled space with vague, unspecified, or no boundaries: void and without form. 6. delusive, vain. 12. unload, unburden.
Antonyms
1. full.
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Examples for emptiness
  • The local hot bubble doesn't seem to be that hot, and the emptiness can't yet be explained.
  • Flying charter was not an option for the early explorers who came here to put names on the emptiness of the map.
  • There's a profound sense of emptiness that still hangs over much of the city.
  • Every piece of clothing shapes your body but also the space around you, the emptiness around you.
  • Children live with the emptiness of losing one or both parents to distant parts of the planet.
  • He finished his shaving in a growing testiness increased by his spinning headache and by the emptiness in his stomach.
  • What strikes you first is the sky and its emptiness.
  • The effect of such methods is to communicate a haunting emptiness, even when that emptiness threatens to drive an audience mad.
  • Many professors apparently consider their post-tenure feelings of emptiness unseemly, even narcissistic.
  • If not raging over something, they would seem in danger of collapsing into inner emptiness.
British Dictionary definitions for emptiness

empty

/ˈɛmptɪ/
adjective -tier, -tiest
1.
containing nothing
2.
without inhabitants; vacant or unoccupied
3.
carrying no load, passengers, etc
4.
without purpose, substance, or value an empty life
5.
insincere or trivial empty words
6.
not expressive or vital; vacant she has an empty look
7.
(informal) hungry
8.
(postpositive) foll by of. devoid; destitute a life empty of happiness
9.
(informal) drained of energy or emotion after the violent argument he felt very empty
10.
(maths, logic) (of a set or class) containing no members
11.
(philosophy, logic) (of a name or description) having no reference
verb -ties, -tying, -tied
12.
to make or become empty
13.
when intr, foll by into. to discharge (contents)
14.
(transitive) often foll by of. to unburden or rid (oneself) to empty oneself of emotion
noun (pl) -ties
15.
an empty container, esp a bottle
Derived Forms
emptiable, adjective
emptier, noun
emptily, adverb
emptiness, noun
Word Origin
Old English ǣmtig, from æmetta free time, from æ- without + -metta, from mōtan to be obliged to; see must1
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Word Origin and History for emptiness
empty
O.E. æmettig "at leisure, not occupied, unmarried," from æmetta "leisure," from æ "not" + -metta, from motan "to have" (see might). The -p- is a euphonic insertion. Sense evolution from "at leisure" to "empty" is paralleled in several languages, cf. Mod.Gk. adeios "empty," originally "freedom from fear," from deios "fear." "The adj. adeios must have been applied first to persons who enjoyed freedom from duties, leisure, and so were unoccupied, whence it was extended to objects that were unoccupied" [Buck]. The adj. also became the v. in 16c., replacing M.E. empten, from O.E. geæmtigian. Figurative sense of empty-nester first attested 1987. Empty-handed attested from 1613.
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Idioms and Phrases with emptiness
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Encyclopedia Article for emptiness

in mysticism and religion, a state of "pure consciousness" in which the mind has been emptied of all particular objects and images; also, the undifferentiated reality (a world without distinctions and multiplicity) or quality of reality that the emptied mind reflects or manifests. The concept, with a subjective or objective reference (sometimes the two are identified), has figured prominently in mystical thought in many historical periods and parts of the world. The emptying of the mind and the attainment of an undifferentiated unity is a theme that runs through mystical literature from the Upanisads (ancient Indian meditative treatises) to medieval and modern Western mystical works. The concepts of hsu (q.v.) in Taoism, sunyata (q.v.) in Mahayana Buddhism, and the En Sof in Jewish mysticism are pertinent examples of "emptiness," or "holy Nothing," doctrines. Buddhism, with its basic religious ultimate of Nirvana (q.v.), as well as its development of the sunyata doctrine, has probably articulated emptiness more fully than any other religious tradition; it has also affected some modern Western considerations of the concept. A good deal of 19th-20th century Western imaginative literature has been concerned with emptiness, as has a certain type of Existentialist philosophy and some forms of the Death of God movement. The particular meanings of "emptiness" vary with the particular context and the religious or cultural tradition in which it is used.

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