Main definitions of filler in US English:

: filler1filler2

filler1

noun

  • 1usually in combination A thing put in a space or container to fill it.

    ‘these plants are attractive gap-fillers or ground cover’
    1. 1.1 A substance used for filling cracks or holes in a surface, especially before painting it.
      ‘quick-hardening wood filler’
      • ‘The watersanding wasn't very easy too because the wood absorbed water in places and swelling causing the filler to crack.’
      • ‘To prepare the surface, pound in any raised nails, fill holes with wood filler, and sand.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He conceded that without such filler and with weep holes, air could come into the building and might affect the heating.’
      • ‘Paint pots, brushes, filler and other decorating materials are in most rooms, as are hand-drawn plans to transform his new home.’
      • ‘Use of jelly stones is not a scientific mode of pot hole repair, rather the filler substance should be finely ground, he explained.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I recommend a latex wood filler for repair of splits and dents.’
      • ‘Clean up any dried residue with acetone and fill any gaps with matching latex filler.’
      • ‘The open pores of walnut must be filled before a final finish is applied and traditionally, applying commercial wood filler was customary.’
      • ‘If necessary, fill the old holes with wood filler and drill new pilot holes in the doors and cabinet frames.’
      • ‘There are simply two badly drilled holes and a lot of filler slapped lazily over the walls.’
      • ‘I'm a concrete contractor in Michigan looking for a crack or joint filler for exposed aggregate.’
      • ‘Once the surface is as clean of excess filler as possible, let it dry overnight.’
      • ‘This may look like concrete, but it's actually stucco filler that I can feel swaying.’
      • ‘Apply a coat of filler to all surfaces of the table.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Use an artist's paintbrush or any tiny brush to apply stain to the dried latex wood filler.’
      • ‘For deeper damaged areas, apply wood filler with a putty knife and sand level when it dries hard.’
      padding, wadding, lining, filling, quilting, cushioning, upholstery, packing
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    2. 1.2 Material used to fill a cavity or increase bulk.
      ‘foam filler’
      ‘good quality paints should contain little or no filler’
      • ‘The polymer blends may optionally include an inorganic filler.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Adding shredded newspaper or cat box filler speeds the drying process.’
      • ‘Once there, he'll tug out the ceramic fabric filler with his gloved hands.’
      • ‘She didn't need one, it was just a stocking filler.’
      • ‘Then in time for Christmas there's a real stocking filler.’
      • ‘Other methods of volume restoration include fat injections, injections of filler material, bank tissue, and alloplasts.’
      • ‘Finally, there is no better stocking filler than a lottery ticket.’
      • ‘Like before, we'll need to fill in the pit with some filler material.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If the proper technique and filler material are used, the alloys are easily welded both by fusion and by pressure.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fuchsias are also good as space fillers as are petunias, mimulus and marigolds.’
      • ‘As you see, you can create a lot of visual (not to mention tactile) interest by simply choosing your filler material wisely.’
      • ‘Because of the low melting point of the solder the material remains fluid during processing despite the large proportion of filler material.’
      • ‘It is common to weld some of the lower alloyed materials with matching filler metals.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Both products have been used in other countries for years as cosmetic fillers.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3 An item serving only to fill space or time in a newspaper, broadcast, or recording.
      • ‘This is pretty good stuff, but in this novel it is mere stuffing, filler, which leaves us less than full.’
      • ‘Collectibles is far from the mushy album fillers you might expect.’
      • ‘If writing exists to communicate, why add filler?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This leads to a majority of filler material, hodgepodge songs that sound like the band's simply borrowing time.’
      • ‘Today his memory lives on, providing quality filler material for lackluster lists throughout the world.’
      • ‘I also recognize that columnists using children as space filler is a time-honored journalistic practice.’
      • ‘Come on, Korea Times: even you can't be this desperate for filler material.’
      • ‘Rickman and his evil antics get a lot of screen time here, and yet he seems to be filler material in between vampire scenes.’
      • ‘You don't want it to be perceived as filler - and a lot of infomercials are perceived as filler.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The goal for the next phase is less posting of filler and more posting of substantial writing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's not like you have a hit and then the rest of the record is filler.’
      • ‘There is some debate as to whether covers should be considered filler material anymore than original songs.’
      • ‘It has laughs, gripping stories, various space fillers, and a few puzzles.’
      • ‘Even with three or four episodes strung together and some filler material, it still barely reaches 70 minutes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now they spew out pointless filler instead of working on their own album proper.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the series ultimately fails to stay there, using too much filler material to pad the rest of the running time.’
    4. 1.4 A word or sound filling a pause in an utterance or conversation (e.g. er, well, you know).
      • ‘Using the same twenty seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ‘like’ and ‘you know’ is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication.’
      • ‘What do you think is behind the rise in filler words?’
      • ‘Coherence and a smooth flow of supporting quotations were achieved by omitting filler words.’
      • ‘My first reaction was that the filler isn't analysable as having any particular syntactic function, since it can occur almost anywhere.’
      • ‘Our oral comments are full of this sort of filler, and of grammar and usage errors of various sorts.’
      • ‘English speakers tend to fill pauses in our speech with ‘um’ and ‘er,’ but speakers of other languages use different filler sounds.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even at its best, conversation is full of repetitions, fillers, fragmentary phrases, and minimal rhythms.’
      • ‘He noticed students used many filler words and stumble while speaking.’
    5. 1.5 A linguistic unit that fills a particular slot in syntactic structure.
  • 2in combination A person or thing that fills a space or container.

    ‘supermarket shelf-fillers’
  • 3US 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.’

Pronunciation

filler

/ˈfɪlər//ˈfilər/

Main definitions of filler in US English:

: filler1filler2

filler2

noun

  • A monetary unit of Hungary, equal to one hundredth of a forint.

Origin

From Hungarian fillér.

Pronunciation

filler

/ˈfɪlər//ˈfilər/