an act or instance of filling.
something that is put in to fill something else: They used sand as filling for the depression.
Dentistry. a substance such as cement, amalgam, gold, or the like, used to fill a cavity caused by decay in a tooth.
a food mixture that goes into something, as if to fill it: sandwich filling; pie filling.
Also called pick, weft, woof. Textiles. yarn carried by the shuttle and interlacing at right angles with the warp in woven cloth.

1350–1400; Middle English; see fill, -ing1

self-filling, adjective
unfilling, adjective Unabridged
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filling (ˈfɪlɪŋ)
1.  the substance or thing used to fill a space or container: pie filling
2.  dentistry
 a.  any of various substances (metal, plastic, etc) for inserting into the prepared cavity of a tooth
 b.  the cavity of a tooth so filled
3.  textiles another term for weft
4.  (of food or a meal) substantial and satisfying

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Word Origin & History

O.E. fyllan, from P.Gmc. *fullijan (cf. O.S. fulljan, O.N. fylla, O.Fris. fella, Du. vullen, Ger. füllen "to fill"), a derivative of adj. *fullaz "full." The related noun meaning "a full supply" is M.E. fille, from O.E. fylle. To fill the bill (1882) was originally U.S. theatrical slang, in reference
to a star whose name would be the only one on a show's poster. Related: Filled; filling.
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Medical Dictionary

filling fill·ing (fĭl'ĭng)
Material, such as amalgam, gold, or a synthetic resin, used to fill a cavity in a tooth.

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Example sentences for fillings
This is done by putting the article, with its enamel fillings, to the crucible.
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