from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being empty; the state of containing nothing, or nothing but air: as, the emptiness of a vessel.
  • noun Lack of food in the stomach; a state of fasting.
  • noun Void space; a vacuum.
  • noun Want of solidity or substance.
  • noun Unsatisfactoriness; insufficiency to satisfy the mind or heart; worthlessness.
  • noun Want of understanding or knowledge; vacuity of mind; inanity.
  • noun Synonyms Vanity, hollowness, nothingness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state of being empty; absence of contents; void space; vacuum
  • noun Want of solidity or substance; unsatisfactoriness; inability to satisfy desire; vacuity; hollowness.
  • noun Want of knowledge; lack of sense; vacuity of mind.

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  • noun The state or feeling of being empty

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun having an empty stomach
  • noun an empty area or space
  • noun the state of containing nothing
  • noun the quality of being valueless or futile


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empty +‎ -ness


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