Definition of filling in English:



  • 1A quantity of soft material that fills or is used to fill something.

    ‘duvets with synthetic fillings’
    • ‘‘It was a fur covered pillow that had a soft fuzzy filling,’ writes one guy.’
    • ‘Once recycled, the directories could find themselves whole new leases of life as fillings for loft insulation, packaging materials, jiffy bags, egg boxes and animal bedding.’
    • ‘To avoid undue pressure on the thighs, front edges of seats have extra soft filling and slope forward.’
    • ‘It was given a temporary filling of polystyrene with a final layer of chalk the material originally used to build the hill but no decision has been taken yet about a permanent solution.’
    • ‘A soft, light duvet and four oversized pillows with down filling complete the package.’
    • ‘Moreover, its production creates less than half the greenhouse gases normally generated in producing synthetic fillings for duvets and pillows.’
    • ‘He invented a mix of natural and synthetic fibers that was able to produce harder but flexible particle board, that now is being utilized as the inner filling of the door panel.’
    • ‘Similarly, sofas and chairs should be selected with a conscientious eye - those filled with natural fibres such as feathers and down are favoured over synthetic fillings.’
    • ‘However, it was abundant only at the Percy Chester mine, where it occurred as coatings and fillings in solution channels.’
    stuffing, padding, wadding, filler, quilting, cushioning, lining, packing
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    1. 1.1A piece of metal or other material used to fill a cavity in a tooth.
      ‘a gold filling’
      • ‘As he grinned, his gold fillings glinted in the hallway light.’
      • ‘If you have concerns about dental fillings, speak to your dentist.’
      • ‘I've got huge cavities, missing fillings and chipped and cracked teeth.’
      • ‘Silver remains the substance of choice for the majority of fillings in permanent teeth.’
      • ‘However, apart from occasional allergic reactions, there is little evidence of adverse effects arising from the placement of tooth coloured fillings.’
      • ‘Cigarette smoke didn't affect the number of cavities and fillings in a child's permanent teeth.’
      • ‘Once again, using bleaching gels in this way may not work for certain types of discolouration, such as that caused by metal fillings or damaged blood vessels inside a tooth.’
      • ‘It's less certain whether exposure to elemental mercury, which is used in thermometers, dental fillings and batteries, poses a risk in pregnancy.’
      • ‘The idea is to use the substance to provide a lining under new fillings, avoiding the need to replace fillings as cavities grow.’
      • ‘It can also produce a tiny gap between the filling and the tooth that may lead to further decay.’
      • ‘Remove any metal fillings as they're a major source of mercury.’
      • ‘I've got two chipped fillings, and several cavities, which are all starting to get quite uncomfortable.’
      • ‘It's used in thermometers, batteries and dental fillings and is emitted from power plants and other industrial activity.’
      • ‘Principal Curtis' mouth promptly dropped open, exposing his silver fillings.’
      • ‘If you have old discolored plastic fillings, these will not get lighter from bleaching, and should be replaced after the process is completed.’
      • ‘Most people now reach adulthood with few or no fillings in their teeth.’
      • ‘Mouth ulcers are common and are usually due to trauma such as from ill fitting dentures, fractured teeth, or fillings.’
      • ‘In 1997, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reviewed nearly 60 studies about mercury exposure and dental fillings.’
      • ‘He or she will place a temporary filling on the tooth until you come back.’
      • ‘Tiny grooves may need to be cut into remaining teeth or fillings, so that the denture clips into a firm position.’
      backing, interlining, facing, inlay, reinforcement, liner
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    2. 1.2An edible substance placed between the layers of a sandwich, cake, or other foodstuff.
      ‘a Swiss roll with a chocolate filling’
      • ‘Transfer the filling to a cutting board, thinly slice, and reserve.’
      • ‘Layers, fillings, stuffings - these are the elements of impressive party food.’
      • ‘The fillings are incredibly, filling, rich and tasty, with the buckwheat in the crêpes giving everything a good, nutty texture.’
      • ‘Amber comes over as I'm mixing the filling, this time using tapioca and cider vinegar.’
      • ‘The sandwich fillings will certainly come as welcome relief to those of you that can't face another tired cheese sandwich.’
      • ‘As I stood in the queue, I observed the dishes of sandwich fillings resting limply behind the glass counter.’
      • ‘Prepare them the night before especially pasta salads or sandwich fillings.’
      • ‘As I watch him and his two staff line dozens of deep pie tins with pastry and fill them with his 16 fillings, it's obvious that this is a man dedicated to his craft.’
      • ‘But soon we started seeking out the harder stuff: toffee flavoured custard fillings, almond and caramel coatings, that sort of thing.’
      • ‘The purple rolls are fried until they are crispy on the outside while the filling remains soft and sticky.’
      • ‘I had a couple of beers and a very pleasant baguette filled with all manner of interesting fillings.’
      • ‘Don't stick to my filling though, use whatever you like best, or whatever is left in the fridge.’
      • ‘The pastry was paper thin and crisp and the filling had that lovely burnt-toffee taste.’
      • ‘The potato and cheese filling was soft and salty and reminded me of the inside of a cheese and onion pastie.’
      • ‘Dry the sheets and layer the filling between them.’
      • ‘Roll the rice paper by folding up one side of the rice paper lengthwise over the fillings.’
      • ‘Divide the filling into six portions and fill in tomatoes.’
      • ‘Ordering two chicken soft tacos, combining the fillings into one shell and tossing the other is one way to boost the percent of calories from protein.’
      • ‘Dark chocolate is used for some chocolate fillings.’
      • ‘The pastry was too dense, the chocolate filling was too dry, and it was loaded with nuts that simply overwhelmed whatever pear flavour might have been there.’
    3. 1.3North American
      another term for weft


  • (of food) leaving one with a pleasantly satiated feeling.

    ‘the full English breakfast was delicious and also very filling’
    • ‘Even without the filling soup as a first course, the T-bone steak and salad had been an excellent meal.’
    • ‘Combined with chicken and vegetables, it makes a very filling, nutritious soup.’
    • ‘Quickly roasted over a campfire, these made a very satisfying and splendid filling meal to end an otherwise trying and long day.’
    • ‘She sat down and ate a very filling meal with her friends.’
    • ‘Chips or potatoes were certainly not missed as the burger was very filling.’
    • ‘As delicious as it was, it was by no means a filling dish.’
    • ‘This serving is very filling and a bargain for smoked salmon at $8.95.’
    • ‘It's a big, filling serving and I could have stopped there, but that would have made for a short review.’
    • ‘They can go with just about anything and make a filling meal.’
    • ‘Cookbooks are now embracing hearty, filling casseroles.’
    • ‘The waitress recommended the banana cake, but it sounded a little too heavy after such a filling meal.’
    • ‘I grew up on a filling diet of traditional handmade Italian food cooked by my father, and learned to make such dishes myself.’
    • ‘However, in order to make something that constitutes a filling, edible meal, some creativity is still needed.’
    • ‘This is much more of a hot and filling working person's lunch, and although it's not the hottest curry in the world, it's balanced and tasty.’
    • ‘Anyway, the food tasted good and was certainly very filling.’
    • ‘The only space left, after that mountain of filling food, is for a couple of cocktails at Middlesex.’
    • ‘In due course I was able to enjoy a tasty and filling snack with adequate green salad to accompany it.’
    • ‘I had a ridiculously tasty marshmallow cocoa and a very filling egg salad sandwich.’
    • ‘Luckily it still was open and I proceeded to enjoy a very filling dinner.’
    • ‘So last year, I decided to eat a healthy, filling meal before heading out to shop - no more fast food cravings!’
    substantial, hearty, ample, abundant, solid, nutritious, nourishing, satisfying, square
    heavy, stodgy, starchy, leaden
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