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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

emp•tyˈɛmp ti(adj.)-ti•er, -ti•est

  1. (adj.)containing nothing; devoid of contents.

  2. vacant; unoccupied.

  3. devoid of human activity.

  4. hollow; meaningless.

  5. unemployed; idle:

    empty days.

  6. Math. (of a set) containing no elements; null; void.

    Category: Math

  7. hungry.

  8. frivolous; foolish.

  9. (v.t.)to make empty.

  10. to discharge (contents).

  11. (v.i.)to become empty.

  12. to debouch:

    The river empties into the sea.

  13. (n.)an empty container.

    Category: Informal

Idioms for empty:

  1. running on empty,having lost vitality, significance, or creative abilities.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of empty:

bef. 900; ME; OE ǣmettig vacant

emp′ti•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. emptiness(noun)

    the state of containing nothing

  2. emptiness(noun)

    having an empty stomach

  3. void, vacancy, emptiness, vacuum(noun)

    an empty area or space

    "the huge desert voids"; "the emptiness of outer space"; "without their support he'll be ruling in a vacuum"

  4. vanity, emptiness(noun)

    the quality of being valueless or futile

    "he rejected the vanities of the world"

Wiktionary

  1. emptiness(Noun)

    The state or feeling of being empty

Webster Dictionary

  1. Emptiness(noun)

    the state of being empty; absence of contents; void space; vacuum; as, the emptiness of a vessel; emptiness of the stomach

  2. Emptiness(noun)

    want of solidity or substance; unsatisfactoriness; inability to satisfy desire; vacuity; hollowness; the emptiness of earthly glory

  3. Emptiness(noun)

    want of knowledge; lack of sense; vacuity of mind

Freebase

  1. Emptiness

    Emptiness as a human condition is a sense of generalized boredom, social alienation and apathy. Feelings of emptiness often accompany dysthymia, depression, loneliness, anhedonia, despair, or other mental/emotional disorders, including schizoid personality disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, schizotypal personality disorder and borderline personality disorder. A sense of emptiness is also part of a natural process of grief, as resulting of separation, death of a loved one, or other significant changes. However, the particular meanings of “emptiness” vary with the particular context and the religious or cultural tradition in which it is used. While Christianity and Western sociologists and psychologists view a state of emptiness as a negative, unwanted condition, in some Eastern philosophies such as Buddhist philosophy and Taoism, emptiness is a realized achievement. Outside of Eastern philosophy, some writers have also suggested that people may use a transitory state of emptiness as a means of liberating themselves for personal growth.


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