/emp"tee/, adj., emptier, emptiest, v., emptied, emptying, n., pl. empties.adj.1. containing nothing; having none of the usual or appropriate contents: an empty bottle.2. vacant; unoccupied: an empty house.3. without cargo or load: an empty wagon.4. destitute of people or human activity: We walked along the empty streets of the city at night.5. destitute of some quality or qualities; devoid (usually fol. by of): Theirs is a life now empty of happiness.6. without force, effect, or significance; hollow; meaningless: empty compliments; empty pleasures.7. not employed in useful activity or work; idle: empty summer days.8. Math. (of a set) containing no elements; null; void.9. hungry: I'm feeling rather empty - let's have lunch.10. without knowledge or sense; frivolous; foolish: an empty head.11. completely spent of emotion: The experience had left him with an empty heart.v.t.12. to make empty; deprive of contents; discharge the contents of: to empty a bucket.13. to discharge (contents): to empty the water out of a bucket.v.i.14. to become empty: The room emptied rapidly after the lecture.15. to discharge contents, as a river: The river empties into the sea.n.16. Informal. something that is empty, as a box, bottle, or can: Throw the empties into the waste bin.[bef. 900; ME (with intrusive -p-); OE aemettig vacant (aemett(a) leisure (ae- A-3 + Gmc *motitho accommodation; cf. MUST1, MEET1) + -ig -Y1)]Syn. 1. vacuous. EMPTY, VACANT, BLANK, VOID denote absence of content or contents. EMPTY means without appropriate or accustomed contents: an empty refrigerator. VACANT is usually applied to that which is temporarily unoccupied: a vacant chair; three vacant apartments. BLANK applies to surfaces free from any marks or lacking appropriate markings, openings, etc.: blank paper; a blank wall. VOID emphasizes completely unfilled space with vague, unspecified, or no boundaries: void and without form. 6. delusive, vain. 12. unload, unburden.Ant. 1. full.
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