What does EMPTY mean?

Definitions for EMPTY
ˈɛmp tiemp·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. emptyadjective

    a container that has been emptied

    "return all empties to the store"

  2. emptyadjective

    holding or containing nothing

    "an empty glass"; "an empty room"; "full of empty seats"; "empty hours"

  3. empty, hollow, vacuousadjective

    devoid of significance or point

    "empty promises"; "a hollow victory"; "vacuous comments"

  4. empty, empty-belliedadjective

    needing nourishment

    "after skipped lunch the men were empty by suppertime"; "empty-bellied children"

  5. emptyverb

    emptied of emotion

    "after the violent argument he felt empty"

  6. emptyverb

    make void or empty of contents

    "Empty the box"; "The alarm emptied the building"

  7. empty, dischargeverb

    become empty or void of its content

    "The room emptied"

  8. vacate, empty, abandonverb

    leave behind empty; move out of

    "You must vacate your office by tonight"

  9. emptyverb


    "Empty the water"

  10. evacuate, void, emptyverb

    excrete or discharge from the body


  1. emptynoun

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

    Put the empties out to be recycled.

  2. emptyverb

    To make empty; to void; to remove the contents of.

  3. emptyadjective

    Devoid of content; containing nothing or nobody; vacant.

  4. emptyadjective

    Containing no elements (as of a string or array), opposed to being null (having no valid value).

  5. Etymology: From emty, from æmtig, æmettig, from uz- + mōtijô, from med-. Related to Old English geæmtigian, æmetta, Old English motan. More at mote, meet.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. EMPTYadjective

    Etymology: æmtig, Saxon.

    I did never know so full a voice issue from so empty a heart; but the saying is true, the empty vessel makes the greatest sound. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    The pit was empty, there was no water in it. Gen. xxxvii.

    If you have two vessels to fill, and you empty one to fill the other, you gain nothing by that; there still remains one vessel empty. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    Art thou thus boldened, man, by thy distress?
    Or else a rude despiser of good manners,
    That in civility thou seem’st so empty? William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    Mr. Boyle has shewed, that air may be rarified above ten thousand times in vessels of glass; and the heavens are much emptier of air than any vacuum we can make below. Newton.

    He alleges that the satyrs carried platters full of fruit in their hands; but if they had been empty handed, had they been ever the larger satyrs? John Dryden, Juvenal, Dedication.

    Yet all the little that I got, I spent;
    And still return’d as empty as I went. John Dryden, Virg. Past.

    How comes it that so many worthy and wise men depend upon so many unworthy and empty headed fools! Walter Raleigh.

    His answer is a handsome way of exposing an empty, trifling, pretending pedant; the wit lively, the satyr courtly and severe. Henry Felton, on the Classicks.

    The god of sleep there hides his heavy head,
    And empty dreams on ev’ry leaf are spread. John Dryden, Æn.

  2. To Emptyverb

    To evacuate; to exhaust; to deprive of that which was contained in it.

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    Boundless intemperance,
    In nature is a tyranny: it hath been
    Th’ untimely emptying of the happy throne,
    And fall of many kings. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The emptiers have emptied them out, and marred their vine-branches. Nah. ii. 2.

    Sheep are often blind by fulness of blood: cut their tails, and empty them of their blood. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    The Euxine sea is conveniently situated for trade, by the communication it has both with Asia and Europe, and the great navigable rivers that empty themselves into it. Arbuthnot.


  1. Empty

    Empty is a song by American-Scottish alternative rock band Garbage. It was released as the lead single from their sixth studio album Strange Little Birds (2016) on 20 April 2016 by their independent label Stunvolume.


  1. empty

    Empty generally means having nothing inside or being vacant. It can refer to physical objects or spaces that lack any contents or presence. It can also describe a state of lacking emotions, feelings, significance, or purpose. Additionally, it can be used to describe a situation or condition where something is missing or lacking in a certain aspect. Overall, empty conveys the absence or lack of something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Empty

    containing nothing; not holding or having anything within; void of contents or appropriate contents; not filled; -- said of an inclosure, as a box, room, house, etc.; as, an empty chest, room, purse, or pitcher; an empty stomach; empty shackles

  2. Empty

    free; clear; devoid; -- often with of

  3. Empty

    having nothing to carry; unburdened

  4. Empty

    destitute of effect, sincerity, or sense; -- said of language; as, empty words, or threats

  5. Empty

    unable to satisfy; unsatisfactory; hollow; vain; -- said of pleasure, the world, etc

  6. Empty

    producing nothing; unfruitful; -- said of a plant or tree; as, an empty vine

  7. Empty

    destitute of, or lacking, sense, knowledge, or courtesy; as, empty brains; an empty coxcomb

  8. Empty

    destitute of reality, or real existence; unsubstantial; as, empty dreams

  9. Emptynoun

    an empty box, crate, cask, etc.; -- used in commerce, esp. in transportation of freight; as, "special rates for empties."

  10. Emptyverb

    to deprive of the contents; to exhaust; to make void or destitute; to make vacant; to pour out; to discharge; as, to empty a vessel; to empty a well or a cistern

  11. Emptyverb

    to discharge itself; as, a river empties into the ocean

  12. Emptyverb

    to become empty


  1. Empty

    Empty is the first studio album released by Christian rock band Tait. This album features Pete Stewart from Grammatrain, who is absent in the next album. Several songs are influenced by the passing of Michael Tait's late father Nathel, for whom the band is named. The advance pre-release copy for this album contained slightly different mixes to the released CD and omitted the track "Altars" as well as both hidden tracks. "Altars" is the only song from this album to be turned into a music video; "Loss For Words" was featured on the soundtrack for the movie Extreme Days. There are two hidden tracks on this CD, one an instrumental piece that appears after the closing track "Unglued," the other in the pregap before the opening track "Alibi," which can be accessed by pressing the 'rewind' button on the CD player when track one begins. The disc scans back 6 minutes and 48 seconds into negative numbers revealing answering machine messages with Michael Tait doing various character impersonations. There is also a short joke-oriented piece in this hidden track.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Empty

    emp′ti, adj. having nothing in it: unfurnished: without effect: unsatisfactory: wanting substance: foolish.—v.t. to make empty: to deprive of contents.—v.i. to become empty: to discharge its contents:—pa.p. emp′tied.n. an empty vessel, box, sack, &c.:—pl. Emp′ties.—ns. Emp′tier: Emp′tiness, state of being empty: want of substance: unsatisfactoriness: inanity.—adj. Emp′ty-hand′ed, carrying nothing, esp. of a gift.—n. Emp′tying.—Come away empty, to come away without having received anything. [A.S. ǽmetigǽmetta, leisure, rest. The p is excrescent.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. empty

    Cargo discharged.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'EMPTY' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1960

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'EMPTY' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1989

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'EMPTY' in Verbs Frequency: #1059

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'EMPTY' in Adjectives Frequency: #251

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of EMPTY in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of EMPTY in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of EMPTY in a Sentence

  1. German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

    Two people sit by the Barcaccia fountain near almost empty Spanish Steps, in Rome on Tuesday. ( AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) Premier Giuseppe Conte on Wednesday said he will consider requests to toughen Italys already extraordinary anti-virus lockdown. Adding to its efforts, the Italian government also announced a $ 28 billion allocation to fight the outbreak on both medical and economic fronts. The first measures, expected to be outlined Friday, will support health services, the civil protection agency and the labor market. The Vittorio Emanuele shopping arcade appeared almost desert in Milan on Wednesday as Italy mulls even tighter restrictions on daily life. ( AP Photo/Luca Bruno) The World Health Organizationon Wednesdaydeclared the virus a pandemic, noting that the number of cases outside China had exploded13-fold over the past two weeks. There are now more than 118,000 cases of COVID-19 in 114 countries, with 4,291 deaths, WHO Director-GeneralTedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. Other European nations are issuing measures to slow down and control the spread of the virus, and provide a cushion for the economic shock of the outbreak. Spain Spains coronavirus cases have surpassed 2,000, with roughly half of them in the Madrid region, where two-thirds of the countrys 47 virus-related deaths have occurred, the Health Ministry said Wednesday. The number of cases saw a 60 percent increase since Tuesday. United States TOURISTS QUARANTINED IN SPANISH HOTEL AFTER TESTING POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS : HEALTH OFFICIALS Madrids fatalities are high because much of the contagion there is taking place in nursing homes, said Fernando Simn, director of Spains health emergency center. Empty shelves are seen in a supermarket as people begin to stock up on provisions in Madrid on Tuesday. ( AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) Schools and universities in Madrid and two northern regions have been ordered to close for two weeks to help slow the outbreaks spread. Workers were urged to telecommute to help reduce crowds on public transit. Denmark The Scandinavian country saw a 191 percent spike in Spain Spains coronavirus cases, with 90 more infections confirmed on Wednesday, for a total of at least 262. Local Denmark SEES FIRST CORONAVIRUS CASE IN MAN RETURNING FROM ITALY VACATION Denmarks leaders have advised the public to avoid using public transportation, while some schools also closed, Local Denmark reported. Health officials also have advised against shaking hands, a measure that has suspended naturalization ceremonies, which require a mandatory handshake by law, The New York Times reported. Germany With at least 1,300 infections as of Wednesday, Germany so far has only three deaths a low rate that experts attributeto rapid testing as the outbreak unfolded. German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a warning, citingexpert estimates that up to 70 percent of the population could be infected with the virus. HOW IS GERMANY CONTROLLING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK ? You have to understand that if the virus is there, and the population has no immunity yet to this virus, there are no vaccines and no therapy so far, a high percentage experts say 60 to 70 percent of the population will be infected.

  2. Dean Phillips:

    It was as if life had changed in ways that were unimaginable, empty airports, an empty plane and a reminder for all of us nothing is to be taken for granted.

  3. William Shakespeare:

    I did never know so full a voice issue from so empty a heart but the saying is true 'The empty vessel makes the greatest sound'.

  4. The Hitopadesa:

    Empty is the house of a childless man; as empty is the mind of a bachelor; empty are all quarters of the world to an ignorant man; but poverty is total emptiness.

  5. Leslie Miklosy:

    When you're empty, go with empty.

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    a measuring instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity such as the thickness of wire or the amount of rain etc.
    • A. decline
    • B. suffering
    • C. rapture
    • D. gauge

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