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Definition of the adjective empty

What does empty mean as an attribute of a noun?

Empty is one of the top 100 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: more empty / emptier | most empty / emptiest

  1. holding or containing nothing
  2. devoid of significance or force
  3. needing nourishment
    • examples: after skipped lunch the men were empty by suppertime | empty-bellied children
    • synonym of empty: empty-bellied
    • similar: hungry
  4. emptied of emotion
    • example: after the violent argument he felt empty
    • similar: drained

Alternative definition of the adjective empty


  1. Devoid of content.
  2. [computing, programming] Containing no elements (as of a string or array), opposed to being null (having no valid value).

Definition of the noun empty

What does empty mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: empties

  1. a container that has been emptied
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: container = any object that can be used to hold things

Alternative definition of the noun empty


  1. A bottle previously containing some liquid, especially a drink, and that is now empty.

Definition of the verb empty

What does empty mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: emptied

  1. make void or empty of contents
  2. become empty or void of its content
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of empty: discharge
    • antonym of empty: fill
    • more generic terms: change state / turn = undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
    • more specific terms: flow away / flow off = flow off or away gradually
  3. leave behind empty; move out of
  4. remove
    • examples: Empty the water | They empty the water from the sink
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Location]The strong winds cleared the sky
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Location] of [Theme]Doug cleaned the table of dishes
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Location]Doug cleaned the dishes from the table
      [Location - not region] [Verb]The sky cleared
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] from / out / out of / off / off of [Location]Clouds cleared from the sky

      Verbs of Removing (with the same syntax): clean, clear, drain.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: remove / take / take away / withdraw = remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
    • more specific words: offload / unlade / unload = remove the load from
  5. excrete or discharge from the body

Alternative definition of the verb empty


  1. [transitive] [ergative] To make empty; to void; to remove the contents of.


  1. "Empty" is a film, directed by C.S. Drury.
  2. "Empty" is a 2006 drama short film written and directed by Veiko Õunpuu.

Phrases with Empty

  1. empty out
  2. Empty set
  3. Empty sum
  4. Empty Base
  5. Empty Nest
  6. Empty Suit
  7. empty talk
  8. empty tomb
  9. Empty Chair
  10. Empty Graph
  11. Empty Space
  12. empty words
  13. empty nester
  14. Empty Quiver
  15. empty-handed
  16. empty-headed
  17. Empty-Netter
  18. Empty product
  19. Empty Promise
  20. Non-Empty

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Empty

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Google previewThe rights of morality (1832)

an essay on the present state of society, moral, political, and physical, in England by William Bridges Adams

The word empty means void, that is every thing taken away. The Spanish verb comprar from the Latin comparare, means to buy, or gain, or come into the possession of. The French verb acheter is probably synonimous with the English achieve ...

Google previewThe Relational Database Dictionary (2006)

by C. J. Date

empty (Ofa bag or set) Having no elements. empty foreign key A foreign key of degree zero. Note: The matching candidate key in the referenced relvar will necessarily also ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions (1889)

Designed as a Practical Guide to Aptness and Variety of Phraseology by Richard Soule

Empty, von , unfilled. 'На Disengaged, not busied, unoccup e . 3. Thoughtless, unthinking. Vacate, 1:. а. 1. Make vacant, leave empty, quit possession of. 2. Annul, disannul. nuliify, rescind, cancel, quash, invalidate, abrogate, abolish, overrule, ...

Google previewThe Giant Encyclopedia of Learning Center Activities (2005)

Over 600 Activities Written by Teachers for Teachers by Kathy Charner, Maureen Murphy, Jennifer Ford

several empty paper towel or wrapping paper rolls tape red and white paint paintbrushes stuffed animals or dolls with smooth heads scissors hair dryers ( plugs removed) empty, clean shampoo bottles razors without blades or shavers ( plugs ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

EMPTY, v. a. & n. & adj. ") Sax. aembrij, Emp'tier, n. s. > aem|man,to make Emp' tineess. j void. To exhaust; evacuate; deprive of contents; to become exhausted or void : an emptier is one who makes any thing or place void ; emptiness the state ...

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Quotes about Empty

Oh House! So empty.
My love was wasted.
Oh House! So empty.
No joy was tasted.

Oh House! So empty.
No children within.
Oh House! So empty.
No God just sin. (Saint Eule)
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Scrabble value of E1M3P3T1Y4

The value of this 5-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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