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filling

[fil-ing] /ˈfɪl ɪŋ/
noun
1.
an act or instance of filling.
2.
something that is put in to fill something else:
They used sand as filling for the depression.
3.
Dentistry. a substance such as cement, amalgam, gold, or the like, used to fill a cavity caused by decay in a tooth.
4.
a food mixture that goes into something, as if to fill it:
sandwich filling; pie filling.
5.
Also called pick, weft, woof. Textiles. yarn carried by the shuttle and interlacing at right angles with the warp in woven cloth.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see fill, -ing1
Related forms
self-filling, adjective
unfilling, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un filling

filling

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

filling

n.

verbal noun from fill (v.). Dentistry sense is from 1848. Filling station attested by 1921.

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un filling in Medicine

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

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