from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Holding or containing nothing.
- adj. Mathematics Having no elements or members; null: an empty set.
- adj. Having no occupants or inhabitants; vacant: an empty chair; empty desert.
- adj. Lacking force or power: an empty threat.
- adj. Lacking purpose or substance; meaningless: an empty life.
- adj. Not put to use; idle: empty hours.
- adj. Needing nourishment; hungry: "More fierce and more inexorable far/Than empty tigers or the roaring sea” ( Shakespeare).
- adj. Devoid; destitute: empty of pity.
- transitive v. To remove the contents of: emptied the dishwasher.
- transitive v. To transfer or pour off completely: empty the ashes into a pail.
- transitive v. To unburden; relieve: empty oneself of doubt.
- intransitive v. To become empty: The theater emptied after the performance.
- intransitive v. To discharge its contents: The river empties into a bay.
- n. Informal An empty container.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Devoid of content; containing nothing or nobody; vacant.
- adj. Containing no elements (as of a string or array), opposed to being null (having no valid value).
- v. To make empty; to void; to remove the contents of.
- n. A bottle previously containing some liquid, especially a drink, and that is now empty.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Containing nothing; not holding or having anything within; void of contents or appropriate contents; not filled; -- said of an inclosure, or a container, as a box, room, house, etc.
- adj. Free; clear; devoid; -- often with of.
- adj. Having nothing to carry; unburdened.
- adj. Destitute of effect, sincerity, or sense; -- said of language.
- adj. Unable to satisfy; unsatisfactory; hollow; vain; -- said of pleasure, the world, etc.
- adj. Producing nothing; unfruitful; -- said of a plant or tree.
- adj. Destitute of, or lacking, sense, knowledge, or courtesy
- adj. Destitute of reality, or real existence; unsubstantial.
- n. An empty box, crate, cask, etc.; -- used in commerce, esp. in transportation of freight.”
- transitive v. To deprive of the contents; to exhaust; to make void or destitute; to make vacant; to pour out; to discharge
- intransitive v. To discharge itself.
- intransitive v. To become empty.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Containing nothing, or nothing but air; void of its usual or of appropriate contents; vacant; unoccupied: said of any inclosure or allotted space: as, an empty house or room; an empty chest or purse; an empty chair or saddle.
- Void; devoid; destitute of some essential quality or component.
- Destitute of force, effect, significance, or value; without valuable content; meaningless: as, empty words; empty compliments.
- Destitute of knowledge or sense; ignorant: as, an empty coxcomb.
- Forlorn from destitution or deprivation; desolate; deserted.
- Wanting substance or solidity; lacking reality; unsubstantial; unsatisfactory: as, empty air; empty dreams; empty pleasures.
- Not burdened; not bearing a burden or a rider: as, an empty horse.
- Not supplied; without provision.
- Wanting food; fasting; hungry.
- Bearing no fruit; without useful product.
- Producing no effect or result; ineffectual.
- Synonyms Void, etc. (see vacant); unoccupied, bare, unfurnished.
- Weak, silly, senseless.
- Unsatisfying, vain, hollow.
- n. An empty vessel or other receptacle, as a box or sack, packing-case, etc.; an empty vehicle, as a cab, freightcar, etc.: as, returned empties.
- To deprive of contents; remove, pour, or draw out the contents from; make vacant: with of before the thing removed: as, to empty a well or a cistern; to empty a pitcher or a purse; to empty a house of its occupants.
- To draw out, pour out, or otherwise remove or discharge, as the contents of a vessel: commonly with out: as, to empty out the water from a pitcher.
- To discharge; pour out continuously or in a steady course: as, a river empties itself or its waters into the ocean. [A strained use, which it is preferable to avoid, since a river is not emptied by its flow into the ocean.]
- To lay waste; make destitute or desolate.
- To become empty.
- To pour out or discharge its contents, as a river into the ocean.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. emptied of emotion
- adj. holding or containing nothing
- v. become empty or void of its content
- adj. needing nourishment
- adj. devoid of significance or point
- v. leave behind empty; move out of
- v. remove
- v. excrete or discharge from the body
- n. a container that has been emptied
- v. make void or empty of contents
Middle English, from Old English ǣmtig, vacant, unoccupied, from ǣmetta, leisure.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English emty, from Old English ǣmtiġ, ǣmettiġ ("vacant, empty, free, idle, unmarried", literally "without must or obligation, leisurely"), from Proto-Germanic *uz- (“out”) + Proto-Germanic *mōtijô, *mōtô (“must, obligation, need”), *mōtiþô (“ability, accommodation”), from Proto-Indo-European *med- (“measure; to acquire, possess, be in command”). Related to Old English ġeǣmtiġian ("to empty"), Old English ǣmetta ("leisure"), Old English mōtan ("must, might, have to"). More at mote, meet. (Wiktionary)