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1[usually in combination] A thing put in a space or container to fill it.‘these plants are attractive gap-fillers or ground cover’
- 1.1[mass noun]A substance used for filling cracks or holes in a surface, especially before painting it.‘wood filler’
- ‘He conceded that without such filler and with weep holes, air could come into the building and might affect the heating.’
- ‘Apply a coat of filler to all surfaces of the table.’
- ‘This may look like concrete, but it's actually stucco filler that I can feel swaying.’
- ‘Clean up any dried residue with acetone and fill any gaps with matching latex filler.’
- ‘The watersanding wasn't very easy too because the wood absorbed water in places and swelling causing the filler to crack.’
- ‘You could also use a construction grade of spruce or fir lumber, and fill in any small voids that you may encounter with inexpensive wood filler.’
- ‘Once the surface is as clean of excess filler as possible, let it dry overnight.’
- ‘If the old floor is embossed or has dips and/or hollows in it, these should be filled in with cement filler using a 5 to 10-inch wide putty knife.’
- ‘I'm a concrete contractor in Michigan looking for a crack or joint filler for exposed aggregate.’
- ‘As in the case of epoxy, the impact of these changes can be minimized if designers avoid using solder as filler between surfaces, but few designs take advantage of this approach.’
- ‘If necessary, fill the old holes with wood filler and drill new pilot holes in the doors and cabinet frames.’
- ‘Use of jelly stones is not a scientific mode of pot hole repair, rather the filler substance should be finely ground, he explained.’
- ‘For deeper damaged areas, apply wood filler with a putty knife and sand level when it dries hard.’
- ‘To prepare the surface, pound in any raised nails, fill holes with wood filler, and sand.’
- ‘Use an artist's paintbrush or any tiny brush to apply stain to the dried latex wood filler.’
- ‘Paint pots, brushes, filler and other decorating materials are in most rooms, as are hand-drawn plans to transform his new home.’
- ‘I recommend a latex wood filler for repair of splits and dents.’
- ‘There are simply two badly drilled holes and a lot of filler slapped lazily over the walls.’
- ‘The open pores of walnut must be filled before a final finish is applied and traditionally, applying commercial wood filler was customary.’
- ‘This crack filler contains river sand in an acrylic polymer, which first appears milky white but dries clear and leaves only the speckled colored sand exposed.’
- 1.2[mass noun]Material used to fill a cavity or increase bulk.‘foam filler’
- ‘They're quite an attractive plant and the flowers are rather jolly too, so like the cardoon this would make a good space filler for the back of a large herbaceous border, with the added bonus of a harvest at the end of the summer.’
- ‘Fuchsias are also good as space fillers as are petunias, mimulus and marigolds.’
- ‘Other methods of volume restoration include fat injections, injections of filler material, bank tissue, and alloplasts.’
- ‘This is why you should mix the seeds with some sort of filler material before you start, so you have plenty of volume to work with, and will be able to cover the area completely and evenly.’
- ‘It is common to weld some of the lower alloyed materials with matching filler metals.’
- ‘As you see, you can create a lot of visual (not to mention tactile) interest by simply choosing your filler material wisely.’
- ‘Finally, there is no better stocking filler than a lottery ticket.’
- ‘Because of the low melting point of the solder the material remains fluid during processing despite the large proportion of filler material.’
- ‘The polymer blends may optionally include an inorganic filler.’
- ‘If the proper technique and filler material are used, the alloys are easily welded both by fusion and by pressure.’
- ‘Adding shredded newspaper or cat box filler speeds the drying process.’
- ‘Both products have been used in other countries for years as cosmetic fillers.’
- ‘Once there, he'll tug out the ceramic fabric filler with his gloved hands.’
- ‘Like before, we'll need to fill in the pit with some filler material.’
- ‘She didn't need one, it was just a stocking filler.’
- ‘Then in time for Christmas there's a real stocking filler.’
- ‘One of the benefits of creating your own seed treats is that you can avoid commercial mixes that include less attractive filler seed to bulk up me mix.’
- ‘According to him, cats eat less of these high quality foods because they contain less fillers, reducing the quantity needed to carry along on the trip.’
- ‘There are a number of other filler materials being tested but are not available for use in the United States.’
- ‘The filler material can be deposited as a step during conventional metal etch processing or it can be deposited as a first step of the processing of a semiconductor wafer.’
- 1.3An item serving only to fill space or time in a newspaper, broadcast, or recording.
- ‘Now they spew out pointless filler instead of working on their own album proper.’
- ‘Even with three or four episodes strung together and some filler material, it still barely reaches 70 minutes.’
- ‘Collectibles is far from the mushy album fillers you might expect.’
- ‘Come on, Korea Times: even you can't be this desperate for filler material.’
- ‘This leads to a majority of filler material, hodgepodge songs that sound like the band's simply borrowing time.’
- ‘Rickman and his evil antics get a lot of screen time here, and yet he seems to be filler material in between vampire scenes.’
- ‘If writing exists to communicate, why add filler?’
- ‘You don't want it to be perceived as filler - and a lot of infomercials are perceived as filler.’
- ‘It's not like you have a hit and then the rest of the record is filler.’
- ‘The goal for the next phase is less posting of filler and more posting of substantial writing.’
- ‘Most established bands found it difficult to fill up both sides of a single vinyl record without adding some filler to take up the slack in the required forty minutes.’
- ‘Today his memory lives on, providing quality filler material for lackluster lists throughout the world.’
- ‘When I got to the the short pieces, I unwisely assumed them as fillers to get the record up to a realistic duration for a CD.’
- ‘I read the whole column several times but every time I got to the end I was left with the feeling that it read like a space filler, written because the page needed a set number of words on it.’
- ‘He showed that it was possible to make vast sums of money from the sort of thing that used to be filler material for Saturday morning kid's entertainment.’
- ‘This is pretty good stuff, but in this novel it is mere stuffing, filler, which leaves us less than full.’
- ‘There is some debate as to whether covers should be considered filler material anymore than original songs.’
- ‘Unfortunately, the series ultimately fails to stay there, using too much filler material to pad the rest of the running time.’
- ‘I also recognize that columnists using children as space filler is a time-honored journalistic practice.’
- ‘It has laughs, gripping stories, various space fillers, and a few puzzles.’
- 1.4A word or sound filling a pause in an utterance or conversation (e.g. er, well, you know).
- ‘Coherence and a smooth flow of supporting quotations were achieved by omitting filler words.’
- ‘He noticed students used many filler words and stumble while speaking.’
- ‘My first reaction was that the filler isn't analysable as having any particular syntactic function, since it can occur almost anywhere.’
- ‘I know it's only a linguistic tic, a filler word which pads out pauses, but it makes the whole thing so approximate and unsure.’
- ‘Using the same twenty seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ‘like’ and ‘you know’ is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication.’
- ‘English speakers tend to fill pauses in our speech with ‘um’ and ‘er,’ but speakers of other languages use different filler sounds.’
- ‘Even at its best, conversation is full of repetitions, fillers, fragmentary phrases, and minimal rhythms.’
- ‘What do you think is behind the rise in filler words?’
- ‘Our oral comments are full of this sort of filler, and of grammar and usage errors of various sorts.’
- 1.5A linguistic unit that fills a particular slot in syntactic structure.
- 1.1[mass noun]A substance used for filling cracks or holes in a surface, especially before painting it.
2[in combination] A person or thing that fills a space or container.‘supermarket shelf-fillers’
3US [mass noun] The tobacco blend used in a cigar.
- ‘In contrast, there will be no impact on bidi tobacco growers as it does not have the export potential of filler tobacco.’
A monetary unit of Hungary, equal to one hundredth of a forint.
From Hungarian fillér.
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