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filler

[fil-er] /ˈfɪl ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that fills:
a filler for pies; a filler of orders.
2.
a thing or substance used to fill a gap, cavity, or the like.
3.
a substance used to fill cracks, pores, etc., in a surface before painting or varnishing.
4.
a liquid, paste, or the like used to coat a surface or to give solidity, bulk, etc., to a substance, as paper or a chemical powder.
5.
Journalism. material, considered of secondary importance, used to fill out a column or page.
6.
an implement used in filling, as a funnel.
7.
cotton, down, or other material used to stuff or pad an object, as a quilt or cloth toy.
8.
material placed between the insole and the exterior sole of a shoe.
9.
Linguistics. (especially in tagmemics) one of a class of items that can fit into a given slot in a construction.
10.
Building Trades. a plate, slab, block, etc., inserted between two parallel members to connect them.
11.
the tobacco forming the body of a cigar.
12.
metal in the form of a rod or wire, used in brazing, welding, and soldering.
Origin of filler
1490-1500
1490-1500; fill + -er1

fillér

[fee-lair, fil-air] /ˈfi lɛər, ˈfɪl ɛər/
noun, plural fillér.
1.
an aluminum coin of Hungary, the 100th part of a forint.
Also, fil·ler.
Origin
1900-05; < Hungarian < Middle High German vierer type of coin, equivalent to vier four + -er -er1
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Examples from the Web for filler
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  • The coffee is about equal to low-grade Brazil, and is used principally as a filler.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • The boiler is shown at A and the safety-valve and filler at L.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • The principal makers of paints now recommend a filler before any white lead is added.

    Handwork in Wood William Noyes
  • This filler should be very thin and leave only a suggestion of gloss.

    Taxidermy Leon Luther Pray
  • A cottage built by the Workmen belonging to the Works, now occupied by the filler.

British Dictionary definitions for filler

filler

/ˈfɪlə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that fills
2.
an object or substance used to add weight or size to something or to fill in a gap
3.
a paste, used for filling in cracks, holes, etc, in a surface before painting
4.
(architect) a small joist inserted between and supported by two beams
5.
  1. the inner portion of a cigar
  2. the cut tobacco for making cigarettes
6.
(journalism) articles, photographs, etc, to fill space between more important articles in the layout of a newspaper or magazine
7.
(informal) something, such as a musical selection, to fill time in a broadcast or stage presentation
8.
a small radio or television transmitter used to fill a gap in coverage
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Word Origin and History for filler
n.

late 15c., "one who fills," agent noun from fill (v.). Meaning "something used to fill" is from 1590s. Specifically of food products by 1901.

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