What does empty mean?

Definitions for empty
ˈɛmp tiemp·ty

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word empty.

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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British National Corpus

  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. Alexis karpouzos:

    Love, a little church that standing all alone, waits with open doors, but nobody goes there to pray, the prayers will go unsaid, now, where to go? which way? love, be my beacon, teach me to look at an empty sky without fear.

  2. Sepp Blatter:

    So far in this campaign, we have seen empty slogans, individual issues, agreements behind closed doors and hidden agendas.

  3. Adam Silver:

    Whether competing in the Finals or hoisting jump shots after midnight in an empty gym, Kobe has an unconditional love for the game, i join Kobe's millions of fans around the world in congratulating him on an outstanding NBA career and thank him for so many thrilling memories.

  4. Jill Kargman:

    [ The President ] was so awful and divisive about New York, saying it's a nightmare or that it's empty, or a has-been, no one here is going to forget that. To even come back here after everything The President -RSB-'s said, it's not going to work.

  5. Boris Majnaric:

    It's going to be an empty thing for me, i don't think it's fair what they've done to me.

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    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
    • A. emanate
    • B. embellish
    • C. abase
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