noun a container that has been emptied
- return all empties to the store
verb make void or empty of contents
- Empty the box
- The alarm emptied the building
verb become empty or void of its content
verb leave behind empty; move out of
- You must vacate your office by tonight
verb excrete or discharge from the body
adjective holding or containing nothing
- an empty glass
- an empty room
- full of empty seats
- empty hours
adjective satellite devoid of significance or point
- empty promises
- a hollow victory
- vacuous comments
adjective satellite needing nourishment
- after skipped lunch the men were empty by suppertime
- empty-bellied children
adjective satellite emptied of emotion
- after the violent argument he felt empty
, fr. æmta
, quiet, leisure, rest; of uncertain origin; cf. G. emsig
comparative Emptier ; superlative Emptiest
- 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.
- Free; clear; devoid; -- often with of. "That fair female troop . . . empty of all good."
I shall find you empty of that fault.
- Having nothing to carry; unburdened. "An empty messenger."
When ye go ye shall not go empty.
Ex. iii. 21.
- Destitute of effect, sincerity, or sense; -- said of language; as, empty words, or threats.
Words are but empty thanks.
- Unable to satisfy; unsatisfactory; hollow; vain; -- said of pleasure, the world, etc.
Pleas'd in the silent shade with empty praise.
- Producing nothing; unfruitful; -- said of a plant or tree; as, an empty vine.
Seven empty ears blasted with the east wind.
Gen. xli. 27.
- Destitute of, or lacking, sense, knowledge, or courtesy; as, empty brains; an empty coxcomb.
That in civility thou seem'st so empty.
- Destitute of reality, or real existence; unsubstantial; as, empty dreams.
✍ Empty is used as the first element in a compound; as, empty-handed, having nothing in the hands, destitute; empty-headed, having few ideas; empty-hearted, destitute of feeling.
Syn. -- See Vacant.
- An empty box, crate, cask, etc.; -- used in commerce, esp. in transportation of freight; as, "special rates for empties."
Emp"ty transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Emptied ; present participle & verbal noun Emptying
- 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.
The clouds . . . empty themselves upon the earth.
Eccl. xi. 3.
Emp"ty intransitive verb
- To discharge itself; as, a river empties into the ocean.
- To become empty. "The chapel empties."
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